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, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:14 -040010 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcementhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/Helicopters, grenade launchers and underwear make their way to police.Ross GianfortuneThu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/News - FedblogPolice in Ferguson clad in SWAT gear watch protestors Aug. 9.Jeff Roberson/AP'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Triphttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/Man was camping near a Forest Service storage facility and 'took it way too far.'Ross GianfortuneMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/News - FedblogFer Gregory/Shutterstock.comComparing the Watergate Gang With Lois Lernerhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/comparing-watergate-gang-lois-lerner/91355/A veteran Washington chronicler is eager to draw contrasts with the drama in today’s polarized government.Charles S. ClarkWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:09:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/comparing-watergate-gang-lois-lerner/91355/News - FedblogWikimedia CommonsDoes Obama Have ‘Zero Control’ Over the Bureaucracy?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/The administration’s arms-length view of government has extended well into the president’s second term.Tom ShoopMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:53:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/News - FedblogDefense Department file photoWhat Government Never Could Have Expected from President Nixonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/The president who tried to leverage the bureaucracy to “screw” his opponents resigned 40 years ago.Tom ShoopFri, 08 Aug 2014 12:53:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/News - FedblogAP file photoObama: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Fire Incompetent, Unethical Execshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/Also, quit punishing whistleblowers, the president says.Tom ShoopThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:50:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/News - FedblogState DepartmentFormer Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Programhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/Benjamin F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'Ross GianfortuneThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:43:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/News - FedblogGone are the days of simple stamp design. Or eight-cent postage.akiyoko / Shutterstock.comIs Burning Man Really a Government-Free Zone?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/The annual artistic adventure promotes self-reliance, but is run by a series of organizations that look suspiciously like a government.Tom ShoopTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/News - FedblogFlickr user Julia WolfWhat We Talk About When We Talk About the VAhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/At least some of the emphasis should be on what VA is doing right.Tom ShoopFri, 01 Aug 2014 09:19:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/News - FedblogVeterans Affairs DepartmentShe Never Stopped Working to Make Government Betterhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/A tribute to Rosslyn S. Kleeman.Tom ShoopThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:42:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/News - FedblogUSPS Is Recruiting a Firer-in-Chief http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/The “RIF administrator” will be tasked with issuing layoffs.Eric KatzMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/usps-recruiting-firer-chief/89885/News - FedblogKekyalyaynen/Shutterstock.comUmm, Congressman, Those Federal Executives Testifying Before You Are Not Foreignershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/An embarrassing case of mistaken identity on Capitol Hill.Tom ShoopFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/News - FedblogForeign Policy via VimeoFeds Go Off Message With Kardashian, Gaza Tweetshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/feds-go-message-kardashian-gaza-tweets/89513/It might be time for some remedial Twitter training.Katherine McIntire PetersWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/feds-go-message-kardashian-gaza-tweets/89513/News - FedblogDFree / Shutterstock.comTab for IRS Probe Is Estimated at $18 Million So Farhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/Employees have logged 120,000 hours screening staff documents and emails.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/News - FedblogInternal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified on Capitol Hill on June 23.J. Scott Applewhite/APWhen Nixon Nailed the SecDef http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/when-nixon-nailed-secdef/89147/Or how to undercut your senior leadership team, Nixon style.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:47:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/when-nixon-nailed-secdef/89147/News - FedblogPresident Nixon wit, ... ]National ArchivesLawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigationshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/Man is seeking damages for "severe emotional and physical harm."Ross GianfortuneWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/News - FedblogUnited States Drug Enforcement AdministrationFor Some Feds, Shutdown Was Baby-Making Timehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/Finding a (re)productive way to address a bad situation.Tom ShoopFri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/News - FedblogNadezda Cruzova/Shutterstock.comAn Emmy for Obama?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/Between Two Ferns gets nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/News - FedblogFunny or DieThis Guy Definitely Has the Strangest Federal Jobhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/NASA’s designated smeller sniffs out obnoxious odors so astronauts don’t have to.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 15:21:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/News - FedblogScience Channel via YoutubeNow Covering States and Localities, Too!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/The launch of GovExec.com’s new state and local channel.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/News - 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 Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/Apparently there’s no greater sin than turning into an “administration lifer.”Tom ShoopTue, 08 Jul 2014 11:30:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/News - FedblogRichard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection BureauHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and ReformWhat Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/From Procter & Gamble to one of government’s biggest bureaucracies.Tom ShoopWed, 02 Jul 2014 14:05:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/News - FedblogCharles Dharapak/APTreasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salaryhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/Department shows the president followed through on 2013 sequester promise.Ross GianfortuneMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/News - FedblogUnited States Department of TreasuryObama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheadshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/Only 1 percent of workforce is screwing up at any given moment, president estimates.Tom ShoopFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:02:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/News - 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 Oathhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/why-issa-says-he-stage-directed-irs-chiefs-oath/87388/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/why-issa-says-he-stage-directed-irs-chiefs-oath/87388/News - FedblogHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Charles Dharapak/AP