Government Executive - Fedbloghttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/Government Executive Editor in Chief Tom Shoop, along with other editors and staff correspondents, look at the federal bureaucracy from the outside in.en-usMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:14:03 -0500Feds Will Miss a Pay Raise Champion http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/feds-will-miss-pay-raise-champion/106509/Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek re-election.Eric KatzMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:14:03 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/03/feds-will-miss-pay-raise-champion/106509/News - FedblogOffice of Sen. Barbara MikulskiParks and Recreation on ‘Sexy’ Public Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-recreation-sexy-public-service/106047/A sitcom goes where no politician dares.Tom ShoopWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:14:30 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-recreation-sexy-public-service/106047/News - FedblogVA Employees Get Some Recognition at the Oscars http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/va-employees-get-some-recognition-oscars/105834/Film on the department’s suicide prevention hotline wins Best Documentary Short.Eric KatzMon, 23 Feb 2015 13:51:49 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/va-employees-get-some-recognition-oscars/105834/News - FedblogHBO via YouTubeVideo: Fox Show Rips Feds, AFGE Chief on Valentine's Dayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/video-fox-show-rips-feds-afge-chief-valentines-day/105405/Hosts David Asman and Steve Forbes think feds make too much money.Ross GianfortuneTue, 17 Feb 2015 12:23:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/video-fox-show-rips-feds-afge-chief-valentines-day/105405/News - FedblogCox made the comments at the AFGE 2015 Legislative Conference.AFGEThe Interior Department Knows How to Celebrate Valentine's Dayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/interior-department-knows-how-celebrate-valentines-day/105348/A video tribute to love in the National Parks.Tom ShoopFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:29:55 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/interior-department-knows-how-celebrate-valentines-day/105348/News - FedblogInterior DepartmentLesson for Congress: Don’t Mess With VA’s Bob McDonaldhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/lesson-congress-dont-mess-vas-bob-mcdonald/105222/Federal officials often serve as punching bags for lawmakers trying to land political points. Not this guy.Katherine McIntire PetersThu, 12 Feb 2015 13:48:33 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/lesson-congress-dont-mess-vas-bob-mcdonald/105222/News - FedblogVA Secretary Bob McDonald.Veterans Affairs Department file photoOn ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the Joke’s on the Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-and-recreation-jokes-feds/105087/This may be the first time in television history that a network sitcom has included a gag about the Senior Executive Service.Tom ShoopWed, 11 Feb 2015 13:18:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/parks-and-recreation-jokes-feds/105087/News - FedblogAmy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."NBCTales of a Government That Workshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/tales-government-works/105027/Our new downloadable ebook on innovative federal efforts.Tom ShoopTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:23:21 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/tales-government-works/105027/News - FedblogFlickr user Kurtis GarbuttJeb Bush Is No Anti-Government Crusaderhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/jeb-bush-no-anti-government-crusader/104784/Would-be GOP presidential contender calls for “smarter, effective government.”Tom ShoopFri, 06 Feb 2015 12:50:22 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/jeb-bush-no-anti-government-crusader/104784/News - FedblogPaul Sancya/APWhen Obama’s Veto Threat Is Serious http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/when-obamas-veto-threat-serious/104556/The administration usually leaves itself some wiggle room. But not always.Charles S. ClarkWed, 04 Feb 2015 12:46:09 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/when-obamas-veto-threat-serious/104556/News - FedblogPresident Obama says, again, he will veto legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pete Souza/White House file photoThe Government Will See You Nowhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/government-will-see-you-now/104388/The Obama administration wants agencies to deliver world class customer service.Katherine McIntire PetersTue, 03 Feb 2015 11:11:02 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/02/government-will-see-you-now/104388/News - FedblogAction Sports Photography/Shutterstock.comDHS: Buying a Super Bowl Jersey? Make Sure It's Not Fake.http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/dhs-buying-super-bowl-jersey-make-sure-its-not-fake/104076/Agencies and the NFL partner during Super Bowl week to weed out counterfeit Seahawks and Patriots products.Ross GianfortuneThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/dhs-buying-super-bowl-jersey-make-sure-its-not-fake/104076/News - FedblogSarah Saldaña holds up a counterfeit flask during a news conference Thursday in Phoenix.David J. Phillip/APBob Dylan is Thinking About the Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/bob-dylan-thinking-about-government/103596/It’s not a job creator, the legendary troubador says.Tom ShoopFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:54:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/bob-dylan-thinking-about-government/103596/News - FedblogBob Dylan and President Obama at the White House in 2012.AP Photo/Charles DharapakTSA Does Its Job, Finds More Guns in Carry-ons Than Ever Beforehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/tsa-does-its-job-finds-more-guns-carry-ons-ever/103590/The agency's employees found 2,212 firearms in 2014. Most were loaded.Ross GianfortuneFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:45:32 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/tsa-does-its-job-finds-more-guns-carry-ons-ever/103590/News - FedblogThis man stands between you and the passenger sitting next to you carrying a gun.Mark Lennihan/APState of the Union: The Message for Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/state-union-message-feds/103287/Obama: "We need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn’t halt the progress we’re making."Katherine McIntire Peters and Eric KatzTue, 20 Jan 2015 22:10:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/state-union-message-feds/103287/News - FedblogMandel Ngan/Associated PressNew Oversight Chairman Replaces Issa Portrait With Photos of Postal Workershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/new-oversight-chairman-replaces-issa-portrait-photos-postal-workers/103140/The former committee head’s staff is not happy.Eric KatzFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:07:27 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/new-oversight-chairman-replaces-issa-portrait-photos-postal-workers/103140/News - FedblogWhy You May Have Noticed Beefed Up Security at Your Federal Office http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/why-you-may-have-noticed-beefed-security-your-federal-office/102870/It’s not because of any “specific, credible” threat.Eric KatzWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:58:04 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/why-you-may-have-noticed-beefed-security-your-federal-office/102870/News - FedblogDHS chief Jeh Johnson ordered the measures earlier this week in response to the terror attacks in Paris. Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/NavyWhat if the Problem Isn’t the Rules, but the People?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/what-if-problem-isnt-rules-people/102792/When it comes to acquiring new digital technology, acquisition regulations aren’t really the issue.Tom ShoopTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:01:24 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/what-if-problem-isnt-rules-people/102792/News - Fedblogbikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.comClapper and L 'il Bubhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/clapper-and-l-il-bub/102645/The Director of National Intelligence has finally arrived.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 12 Jan 2015 13:39:31 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/clapper-and-l-il-bub/102645/News - FedblogThe two recent stars of Tumblr have more in common than you might think.Defense Department and AP file photosThe Civil Servant Who Didn't Show Up to Work for 24 Yearshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/civil-servant-who-didnt-show-work-24-years/102597/Want to know where it's really hard to fire a government employee? India.Tom ShoopFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:59:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/civil-servant-who-didnt-show-work-24-years/102597/News - FedblogIn Search of Heroes of the Public Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/search-heroes-public-service/102342/The nomination deadline for this year’s Service to America Medals is quickly approaching.Tom ShoopTue, 06 Jan 2015 17:24:22 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2015/01/search-heroes-public-service/102342/News - FedblogAn Astronaut’s Life: Hyperscheduled and Bureaucratichttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/astronauts-life-hyperscheduled-and-bureaucratic/102057/What it’s like to work on the International Space Station.Tom ShoopWed, 31 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/astronauts-life-hyperscheduled-and-bureaucratic/102057/News - FedblogNASA photoRand Paul Airs His Grievances Against Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/rand-paul-airs-his-grievances-against-government/101946/Senator goes on a Festivus Twitter rant.Tom ShoopTue, 23 Dec 2014 14:26:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/rand-paul-airs-his-grievances-against-government/101946/News - FedblogThe feats of strength are next.Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comCigar Enthusiasts Champing at the Bithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/cigar-enthusiasts-champing-bit/101826/Obama's move to normalize relations has opened new trade and investment possibilities.Charles S. ClarkMon, 22 Dec 2014 12:26:30 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/cigar-enthusiasts-champing-bit/101826/News - FedblogVladimir Wrangel / Shutterstock.comThe Ambassadorial Confirmation Scorecardhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/The Senate just confirmed a slew of nominees, but there are many others who remain in limbo.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/News - Fedblog KPG_Payless/Shutterstock.com