Government Executive - Fedblog Executive Editor in Chief Tom Shoop, along with other editors and staff correspondents, look at the federal bureaucracy from the outside in.en-usThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:42:08 -0400She Never Stopped Working to Make Government Better tribute to Rosslyn S. Kleeman.Tom ShoopThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:42:08 -0400 - FedblogUSPS Is Recruiting a Firer-in-Chief “RIF administrator” will be tasked with issuing layoffs.Eric KatzMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:21 -0400 - FedblogKekyalyaynen/Shutterstock.comUmm, Congressman, Those Federal Executives Testifying Before You Are Not Foreigners embarrassing case of mistaken identity on Capitol Hill.Tom ShoopFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:30 -0400 - FedblogForeign Policy via VimeoFeds Go Off Message With Kardashian, Gaza Tweets might be time for some remedial Twitter training.Katherine McIntire PetersWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:17 -0400 - FedblogDFree / Shutterstock.comTab for IRS Probe Is Estimated at $18 Million So Far have logged 120,000 hours screening staff documents and emails.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:04 -0400 - FedblogInternal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified on Capitol Hill on June 23.J. Scott Applewhite/APWhen Nixon Nailed the SecDef how to undercut your senior leadership team, Nixon style.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:47:00 -0400 - FedblogPresident Nixon wit, ... ]National ArchivesLawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigations is seeking damages for "severe emotional and physical harm."Ross GianfortuneWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:01 -0400 - FedblogUnited States Drug Enforcement AdministrationFor Some Feds, Shutdown Was Baby-Making Time a (re)productive way to address a bad situation.Tom ShoopFri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:21 -0400 - FedblogNadezda Cruzova/Shutterstock.comAn Emmy for Obama? Two Ferns gets nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:10 -0400 - FedblogFunny or DieThis Guy Definitely Has the Strangest Federal Job’s designated smeller sniffs out obnoxious odors so astronauts don’t have to.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 15:21:01 -0400 - FedblogScience Channel via YoutubeNow Covering States and Localities, Too! launch of’s new state and local channel.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58:21 -0400 - FedblogSpringfield is both the county seat for Sangamon County and the capitol of Illinois.Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.comHow To Ruin Your Political Career: Run a Federal Agency there’s no greater sin than turning into an “administration lifer.”Tom ShoopTue, 08 Jul 2014 11:30:15 -0400 - FedblogRichard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection BureauHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and ReformWhat Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap? Procter & Gamble to one of government’s biggest bureaucracies.Tom ShoopWed, 02 Jul 2014 14:05:02 -0400 - FedblogCharles Dharapak/APTreasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salary shows the president followed through on 2013 sequester promise.Ross GianfortuneMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:27 -0400 - FedblogUnited States Department of TreasuryObama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads 1 percent of workforce is screwing up at any given moment, president estimates.Tom ShoopFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:02:47 -0400 - FedblogObama made the comments at a town hall meeting at Minneapolis' Minnehaha Park.Jim Mone/APWhy Issa Says He Stage-Directed the IRS Chief's Oath House Oversight panel chairman startled many with his critique of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's posture.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:38 -0400 - FedblogHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Charles Dharapak/APEPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway hires consultant to tell it to watch out for misplaced bowel movements.Eric KatzWed, 25 Jun 2014 11:45:42 -0400 - FedblogThere is a big difference between the above image and a hallway.PhotoXpressDoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuit doesn't want to be in the business of fighting Juggalos.Ross GianfortuneMon, 23 Jun 2014 16:11:59 -0400 - FedblogFrom left, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope filed the lawsuit in January.Carlos Osorio/APIs the IRS Chief a Quitter? predicts Koskinen will be gone 'within several months or a year;' commissioner says he will serve out his term.Charles S. ClarkMon, 23 Jun 2014 12:08:21 -0400 - FedblogJ. Scott Applewhite/APVanity Portraits: Not Much of a Drain on the Budget turns out agencies don’t spend much on paintings of their leaders.Charles S. ClarkMon, 16 Jun 2014 14:52:42 -0400 - FedblogDefense Secretary Robert Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in 2010.Department of Defense/AP File PhotoFiring Feds, Private Sector-Style cautionary tale about swift terminations.Charles S. ClarkTue, 10 Jun 2014 17:00:23 -0400 - Fedblog“What does it take to get fired from the EPA?” asked House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., at a May hearing.Carolyn Kaster/APAccomplishments: Amazing. Bonuses: $0 Senior Executives Association honors high-performing executives in a year without formal awards.Tom ShoopFri, 06 Jun 2014 09:29:18 -0400 - FedblogTobias Arhelger/Shutterstock.comAt Least Eric Shinseki Didn’t Get Choked by the President was the fate suffered by the first head of the Veterans Bureau.Tom ShoopMon, 02 Jun 2014 10:50:01 -0400 - FedblogSure, he looks calm in his presidential portrait, but President Harding was not afraid to choke federal officials.Library of CongressIt's Getting Easier to Reach IRS Employees gives in to request for phone numbers and other contact info for employees in the tax exempt division.Charles S. ClarkFri, 30 May 2014 14:02:52 -0400 - FedblogIRS Commissioner John Koskinen J. Scott Applewhite/APTrump's Vision for Pennsylvania Avenue luxury hotel would preserve the 19th-century exterior of the Old Post Office.Charles S. ClarkWed, 28 May 2014 11:40:10 -0400 - FedblogManuel Balce Ceneta/AP