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, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:40 -0500DHS: 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.comThe New American Ambassador to New Zealand is a Former Baseball Player http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/obamas-state-department-new-zealand-ambassador-former-baseball-player-and-banker/101565/Banking executive Mark Gilbert has raised millions for Obama -- and played seven games in 1985 for the Chicago White Sox.Ross GianfortuneThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:43:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/obamas-state-department-new-zealand-ambassador-former-baseball-player-and-banker/101565/News - FedblogThough he only appeared in seven games in 1985, the Chicago White Sox asked Mark Gilbert to pose for a photo at Comiskey Park.AP file photoHow to Beat Bureaucracy and Change a Federal Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/Rajiv Shah leaves an impressive legacy at the U.S. Agency for International Development.Tom ShoopWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:41:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/News - FedblogAlex Brandon/APFederal Employees Honored in Time's 'Person of the Year'http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/federal-employees-honored-times-person-year/101037/Workers at two agencies recognized with honorary title.Eric KatzThu, 11 Dec 2014 10:56:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/federal-employees-honored-times-person-year/101037/News - FedblogNIH virologist Nancy Sullivan shows President Obama around the agency's Vaccine Research Center in Bethesda, Md. Sullivan was one of the federal employees named. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APA Beatle’s Role in Obama’s Immigration Orderhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/beatles-role-obamas-immigration-order/100406/Expanded deferred action has its roots in John Lennon's 1970s deportation battle, attorney says.Charles S. ClarkWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:50:21 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/beatles-role-obamas-immigration-order/100406/News - FedblogJohn Lennon arrives for a concert in Houston in August 1965. Ferd Kaufman/AP file photoFederal Employees Really, Really Like Their Health Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/federal-employees-really-really-their-health-benefits/99956/Survey shows near unanimous support for FEHBP.Eric KatzTue, 25 Nov 2014 15:54:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/federal-employees-really-really-their-health-benefits/99956/News - FedblogSyda Productions/Shutterstock.comWriting the Book on Moneyball Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/A bipartisan group makes the case for evidence-based decision-making.Charles S. ClarkFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:52:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/News - FedblogWhat Are the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Shutdown? Agencies Have No Idea.http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/what-are-lessons-learned-2013-shutdown-agencies-have-no-idea/99215/Report says agencies did not document how they dealt with last year's shutdown.Eric KatzMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:20:57 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/what-are-lessons-learned-2013-shutdown-agencies-have-no-idea/99215/News - FedblogKevin Bacher/NPSOne Way Officials Can Dodge a Questionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/Activist who tried to pose questions to retired Gen. David Petraeus at an event went to jail instead.Charles S. ClarkThu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/News - FedblogRetired Gen. David Petraeus, giving remarks to CIA employees in 2011.CIA file photoSenator: Good Federal Employees Can’t Be Ordered on Amazonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/senator-good-federal-employees-cant-be-ordered-amazon/98912/Lawmaker wants respect and resources for the federal workforce.Eric KatzWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:51:48 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/senator-good-federal-employees-cant-be-ordered-amazon/98912/News - FedblogSen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., defended federal employees during a hearing on the Obama administration's request for more Ebola funding. Bill Hrybyk/Goddard Space Flight Center file photoActually, the Elections Were About Making Government Workhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/But can Republicans deliver on that promise?Tom ShoopThu, 06 Nov 2014 12:27:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/News - FedblogOffice of The Speaker of the HouseJohn Lennon and GAO’s High Risk Listhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/A top federal auditor channels an ode to world peace.Charles S. ClarkTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/News - FedblogStrawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, New York City. Wikimedia Commons