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-usThu, 10 Apr 2014 18:20:16 -0400Did Big Government End Slavery?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/did-big-government-end-slavery/82339/The size-of-government debate takes a turn for the absurd.Tom ShoopThu, 10 Apr 2014 18:20:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/did-big-government-end-slavery/82339/News - FedblogLibrary of CongressA Symbolic Victory for Open Office Setupshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/symbolic-victory-open-office-setups/82117/New York's new mayor is keeping Bloomberg's famous bullpen arrangement.Charles S. ClarkTue, 08 Apr 2014 15:36:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/symbolic-victory-open-office-setups/82117/News - FedblogNew York Mayor BIll de BlasioJohn Minchillo/APLawmaker: We Deserve a Pay Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/lawmaker-we-deserve-pay-raise/81964/At least one congressman thinks legislators cannot 'live decently' on their current salaries.Eric KatzFri, 04 Apr 2014 17:03:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/lawmaker-we-deserve-pay-raise/81964/News - FedblogRep. Jim Moran, D-Va. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoFEC Member Says it Aloud: We’re Dysfunctionalhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/fec-member-says-it-aloud-were-dysfunctional/81886/Vice chairwoman says the commission is failing to enforce the nation's campaign finance laws.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Apr 2014 16:59:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/fec-member-says-it-aloud-were-dysfunctional/81886/News - FedblogThe FEC “is failing to enforce the nation’s campaign finance laws," Ann Ravel wrote.Rich Pedroncelli/AP file photoA Teen, a Typeface, and $136M in Taxpayer Savingshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/teen-typeface-and-136m-taxpayer-savings/81523/Sixth-grader finds huge savings potential from switching to Garamond.Charles S. ClarkFri, 28 Mar 2014 12:35:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/teen-typeface-and-136m-taxpayer-savings/81523/News - FedblogA Real Smoking Gun on Politicizing the IRShttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/real-smoking-gun-politicizing-irs/80911/The Nixon-era IRS, that is.Charles S. ClarkThu, 20 Mar 2014 08:24:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/real-smoking-gun-politicizing-irs/80911/News - FedblogShutterstock.comAir Force Official JFK Called ‘Silly Bastard’ Immortalized on Filmhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/air-force-official-jfk-called-silly-bastard-immortalized-film/80317/Documentary tells tale of officer who attracted the president’s ire in recorded phone call.Tom ShoopTue, 11 Mar 2014 16:26:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/air-force-official-jfk-called-silly-bastard-immortalized-film/80317/News - FedblogAP file photoFeds Remain a Presence at the Oscarshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/feds-remain-presence-oscars/79684/Agency employees dot major Academy Award-nominated films for the second consecutive year.Ross GianfortuneMon, 03 Mar 2014 11:11:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/feds-remain-presence-oscars/79684/News - FedblogDirector Alfonso Cuarón won for directing Gravity's story of NASA astronauts caught in space.John Shearer/Invision/APThe Era of Security Clearance Self-Review Could Be Permanently Overhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/era-security-clearance-self-review-could-be-permanently-over/79636/Lawmakers introduce bill that would prohibit contractors from conducting final background checks of federal job candidates.Charles S. ClarkFri, 28 Feb 2014 14:34:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/era-security-clearance-self-review-could-be-permanently-over/79636/News - FedblogSen. Jon Tester, D-MontanaCharles Dharapak/AP File PhotoDemocrats: The IRS Probe Has Cost Taxpayers $14 Million So Farhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/democrats-irs-probe-has-cost-taxpayers-14-million-so-far/79459/Price tag includes employee compensation, travel and IT upgrades.Charles S. ClarkWed, 26 Feb 2014 15:04:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/democrats-irs-probe-has-cost-taxpayers-14-million-so-far/79459/News - FedblogRep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform panel, on Tuesday sent a letter to the attorney for Lois Lerner, the since-departed head of the Exempt Organizations division, recalling her to testify.J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoHey Federal Techies -- Make Your Voice Heard!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/hey-federal-techies-make-your-voice-heard/79208/We're surveying government IT professionals on the key issues they're facing.Tom ShoopFri, 21 Feb 2014 15:04:07 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/hey-federal-techies-make-your-voice-heard/79208/News - Fedblogjorgen mcleman/Shutterstock.comWatch Jerry Seinfeld Rip the Postal Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/watch-jerry-seinfeld-rip-postal-service/79073/It’s a “dazed and confused distant branch of the Cub Scouts,” comedian says.Tom ShoopWed, 19 Feb 2014 16:10:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/watch-jerry-seinfeld-rip-postal-service/79073/News - FedblogNBCHave Feds Been Off the Job 25 Percent of the Time This Fiscal Year?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/have-feds-been-job-25-percent-time-fiscal-year/79046/Putting statistics on snow days and the shutdown in perspective.Tom ShoopWed, 19 Feb 2014 12:04:12 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/have-feds-been-job-25-percent-time-fiscal-year/79046/News - FedblogCharles Dharapak/AP file photoWomen: Hot Guys Don’t Drive Mail Truckshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/women-hot-guys-dont-drive-mail-trucks/78992/In poll, postal vehicles come in last in ratings of driver attractiveness.Eric KatzTue, 18 Feb 2014 17:14:57 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/women-hot-guys-dont-drive-mail-trucks/78992/News - FedblogB Brown/Shutterstock.comTry to Buy a Gorilla, Get a Federal Agent in a Gorilla Suithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/try-buy-gorilla-get-federal-agent-gorilla-suit/78695/In 1993, Fish and Wildlife agents nabbed a criminal by using unconventional methods.Ross GianfortuneWed, 12 Feb 2014 14:43:32 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/try-buy-gorilla-get-federal-agent-gorilla-suit/78695/News - FedblogIn case any shady zoo officials are reading, this is an actual gorilla. She looks and acts quite different than a fed in a gorilla costume.PhotoXpressNavigating a 'Difficult Triangle' of Security Clearance Interests http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/difficult-triangle-security-clearance-interests/77819/Former federal procurement policy chief Joe Jordan speaks out on a coming review of clearance procedures.Charles S. ClarkWed, 29 Jan 2014 16:18:17 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/difficult-triangle-security-clearance-interests/77819/News - Fedblog“We’re getting to a place where reciprocity among agencies can be used to drive efficiencies, and agencies are asking about costs,” Joe Jordan said. Office of Management and Budget file photoStorify: GovExec Live-tweets the State of the Unionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/storify-govexec-live-tweets-state-union/77732/Obama focuses on jobs, public-private partnerships in his fifth SOTU.Ross GianfortuneTue, 28 Jan 2014 22:41:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/storify-govexec-live-tweets-state-union/77732/News - FedblogLarry Downing/APState of the Union: A Call to (Limited) Actionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/state-union-liveblog/77717/A look at what the president had to say about government and its workforce.Tom ShoopTue, 28 Jan 2014 22:34:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/state-union-liveblog/77717/News - FedblogLarry Downing/APEPA’s ‘Moonlighting Spy:’ I Guess Greed Made Me Do Ithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/epas-moonlighting-spy-i-guess-greed-made-me-do-it/77480/Convicted attorney John Beale isn’t really sure why he pretended he secretly worked for the CIA.Charles S. ClarkFri, 24 Jan 2014 09:05:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/epas-moonlighting-spy-i-guess-greed-made-me-do-it/77480/News - FedblogJohn Beale, Former Senior Policy Advisor U.S Environmental Protection AgencyHouse subcommittee on Oversight and ReformMaking Newsletters Mobile-Friendlyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/making-newsletters-mobile-friendly/77357/Redesign is aimed at better serving the rapidly growing number of people viewing our content on phones and tablets.Tom ShoopWed, 22 Jan 2014 17:10:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/making-newsletters-mobile-friendly/77357/News - FedblogA Crusader for Limited Government to the Endhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/crusader-limited-government-end/77231/Sen. Tom Coburn laments the laws he failed to stop.Tom ShoopTue, 21 Jan 2014 12:18:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/crusader-limited-government-end/77231/News - FedblogJ. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoObama Lauds OMB Staffershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/obama-lauds-omb-staffers/77138/President picks unusual location to sign omnibus appropriations bill into law.Tom ShoopFri, 17 Jan 2014 18:11:10 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/obama-lauds-omb-staffers/77138/News - FedblogCarolyn Kaster/APLast Chance to Nominate a Peak Public Servanthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/last-chance-nominate-peak-public-servant/77015/Deadline is looming for this year’s Service to America Medals.Tom ShoopThu, 16 Jan 2014 13:31:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/last-chance-nominate-peak-public-servant/77015/News - Fedblograngizzz/Shutterstock.comOscar Loves Uncle Samhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/fed-characters-all-are-over-academy-award-nominated-films/76976/2013 Academy Awards honor films with plots involving federal law enforcement, astronauts -- and even the FDA.Ross GianfortuneThu, 16 Jan 2014 10:18:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/fed-characters-all-are-over-academy-award-nominated-films/76976/News - FedblogBradley Cooper is nominated for his portrayal of an FBI agent in American Hustle.Sony - Columbia PicturesConsumer Financial Protection Chief Sits Down With Jon Stewarthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/cfpb-chief-sits-down-daily-show/76532/Richard Cordray discusses the ins and outs of the new agency on 'The Daily Show.'Caitlin FairchildThu, 09 Jan 2014 13:49:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/cfpb-chief-sits-down-daily-show/76532/News - FedblogComedy Central