Government Executive - Authors - Ron Fournierhttp://www.govexec.comRon Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton.en-usMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:27:11 -0400The Next President Could Find Unity Fleetinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/next-president-could-find-unity-fleeting/91148/We may never get hit again like we were on Sept. 11, 2001. But if we did, would the next president find unity fleeting?Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:27:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/next-president-could-find-unity-fleeting/91148/ManagementDoug Mills/AP file photoIs the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-lying-or-just-bad-crisis-communications/89156/Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 21 Jul 2014 11:52:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-lying-or-just-bad-crisis-communications/89156/OversightDan Thornberg/Shutterstock.comDid the IRS Really Lose Lois Lerner's Emails? Let a Special Prosecutor Find Them.http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/did-irs-really-lose-lois-lerners-emails-let-special-prosecutor-find-them/86494/Obama needs to address this 'phony scandal' and the public trust with real transparency.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 16 Jun 2014 09:58:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/did-irs-really-lose-lois-lerners-emails-let-special-prosecutor-find-them/86494/OversightIRS official Lois LernerLauren Victoria Burke/APGeithner Book: When Obama Blew a Dog Whistle and a Budget Dealhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/geithner-book-when-obama-blew-dog-whistle-and-budget-deal/84268/Former Treasury secretary adds context to behind-the-scenes White House budget machinations.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 12 May 2014 15:50:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/05/geithner-book-when-obama-blew-dog-whistle-and-budget-deal/84268/ManagementHaraz N. Ghanbari/AP file photoObama, Congress Flunk National-Service Testhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/obama-congress-flunk-national-service-test/82924/President brags about 'boldest expansion' of a program that hasn't grown (thanks mostly to the GOP).Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 21 Apr 2014 17:07:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/obama-congress-flunk-national-service-test/82924/OversightPresident Barack Obama hands Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the first pen as he signs the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.Charles Dharapak/AP File PhotoMillennials Don't See Serving in Government as the Way to Change the Worldhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/08/millennials-dont-see-serving-government-way-change-world/69353/In general, they have a great sense of purpose, but see little attraction in politics and government.Ron Fournier, The AtlanticMon, 26 Aug 2013 10:08:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/08/millennials-dont-see-serving-government-way-change-world/69353/ManagementAnalysis: How Obama and Congress Failed AmeriCorps ... and Americahttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/08/analysis-how-obama-and-congress-failed-americorps-and-america/67958/Program's woes follow Obama pattern: Raise hopes … hopes crushed … blame GOP.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 02 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/08/analysis-how-obama-and-congress-failed-americorps-and-america/67958/ManagementWhite HouseWhat Detroit's Demise Says About Americahttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/07/what-detroits-demise-says-about-america/67478/Detroit native calls Motown's economic and social ills a warning for the nation.Ron Fournier, National JournalThu, 25 Jul 2013 17:36:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/07/what-detroits-demise-says-about-america/67478/Management - Promising PracticesAnalysis: Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutorhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/why-irs-scandal-needs-special-prosecutor/65465/Democratic and Republican cherry-picked findings aren't restoring public trust.Ron Fournier, National JournalTue, 25 Jun 2013 11:03:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/why-irs-scandal-needs-special-prosecutor/65465/OversightAnalysis: Obama Gives Nod to Transparency ... in Privatehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-obama-gives-nod-transparency-private/65354/The president tries to assure Americans he's not trampling the Bill of Rights.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 21 Jun 2013 15:51:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-obama-gives-nod-transparency-private/65354/ManagementAnalysis: How Obama Scandals Threaten to Kill 'Good Government'http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/analysis-how-obama-scandals-threaten-kill-good-government/64487/Emerging narrative supports claims that Washington is intrusive, incompetent, untrustworthy and heartless.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 07 Jun 2013 13:04:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/analysis-how-obama-scandals-threaten-kill-good-government/64487/OversightBarack Obama, Rob Nabors and Denis McDonough confer outside the White House.White HouseAnalysis: The Bush-Obama White House Spies on Ushttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-bush-obama-white-house-spies-us/64382/'Bush-Obama era' will be long remembered for curbing the Constitution.Ron Fournier, National JournalThu, 06 Jun 2013 09:43:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-bush-obama-white-house-spies-us/64382/Managementkropic1/Shutterstock.comAnalysis: Issa Stirs Echoes of McCarthy in IRS Probehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/analysis-issa-stirs-echoes-mccarthy-obamas-best-friend-irs-probe/64097/Chief GOP investigator doesn't know when to let damning facts speak for themselves.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 03 Jun 2013 10:45:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/06/analysis-issa-stirs-echoes-mccarthy-obamas-best-friend-irs-probe/64097/OversightAnalysis: You Know What Really Risks National Security? Leak Investigationshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/05/analysis-you-know-what-really-risks-national-security-leak-investigations/63241/What's the concern, plugging leaks or managing spin?Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 17 May 2013 12:27:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/05/analysis-you-know-what-really-risks-national-security-leak-investigations/63241/OversightAnalysis: Benghazi, IRS Storms Threaten Obama's Credibilityhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/05/analysis-benghazi-irs-storms-threaten-obamas-credibility/63121/What does it mean when a president's people can't get their stories straight?Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 13 May 2013 09:10:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/05/analysis-benghazi-irs-storms-threaten-obamas-credibility/63121/ManagementCarolyn Kaster/APAnalysis: Obama's Amazing Speech (and Why You Probably Missed It)http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-obamas-amazing-speech-and-why-you-probably-missed-it/62857/Lost amid the laughter, Obama's closing remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner indict failed elites.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 29 Apr 2013 12:25:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-obamas-amazing-speech-and-why-you-probably-missed-it/62857/OversightCarolyn Kaster/APAnalysis: 'No Politics' Doesn't Mean 'No Accountability'http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-no-politics-doesnt-mean-no-accountability/62780/Congress, White House must investigate and learn from terrorist strike.Ron Fournier, National JournalThu, 25 Apr 2013 10:29:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-no-politics-doesnt-mean-no-accountability/62780/OversightKenshin Okubo/APAnalysis: George W. Bush Is a Good Manhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/04/analysis-george-w-bush-good-man/62712/In the rush to mythologize and demonize our presidents, we forget they’re human.Ron Fournier, National JournalTue, 23 Apr 2013 10:25:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/04/analysis-george-w-bush-good-man/62712/ManagementTony Gutierrez/APAnalysis: The End of Government as We Know Ithttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/04/analysis-end-government-we-know-it/62683/The inevitable results of 'radical connectivity.'Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 22 Apr 2013 09:28:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2013/04/analysis-end-government-we-know-it/62683/TechTim Mainiero/Shutterstock.comAnalysis: Why Boston Bombings Might Be Scarier Than 9/11http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-why-boston-bombings-might-be-scarier-911/62551/Killing Americans at play is different from attacks on economic, military targets.Ron Fournier, National JournalTue, 16 Apr 2013 10:30:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/04/analysis-why-boston-bombings-might-be-scarier-911/62551/OversightBoston police officers keep a perimeter secure in Boston's Copley Square Tuesday morning.Elise Amendola/APAnalysis: Obama Is Raising the Pressure for a Budget Dealhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/04/analysis-obama-raising-pressure-budget-deal/62310/President's fiscal 2014 budget will test whether the GOP's antitax rhetoric is bluster or a deal-killing fact.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 05 Apr 2013 09:46:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/04/analysis-obama-raising-pressure-budget-deal/62310/ManagementOrhan Cam/Shutterstock.comWhy Papal and Presidential Elections Can Be Hellishly Depressinghttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/why-papal-and-presidential-elections-can-be-hellishly-depressing/61794/From the Vatican to Washington, what can we do about the failure of powerful institutions?Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:17:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/why-papal-and-presidential-elections-can-be-hellishly-depressing/61794/Management - Promising PracticesThe Sistine Chapel is prepared for the Papal Conclave, set to begin this week.Alessandra Tarantino/APHow Washington Looks to Sun Tzu for Leadership http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/how-washington-looks-sun-tzu-leadership/61763/Heeding The Art of War, Obama and GOP finally break bread to bend wills.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 08 Mar 2013 10:25:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/how-washington-looks-sun-tzu-leadership/61763/Management - Promising PracticesWhite HouseAdult Leadership Required to Clean Up the Mess in Washingtonhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/adult-leadership-required-clean-mess-washington/61683/“Muddy steps” analogy reveals why voters want Obama and Boehner to stop acting like kids.Ron Fournier, National JournalTue, 05 Mar 2013 15:01:01 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/adult-leadership-required-clean-mess-washington/61683/Management - Promising PracticesObama and Boehner met in 2011 to discuss the debt in the White House's Cabinet Room.Carolyn Kaster/AP file photoWashington in 3 Words: Dumb, Arbitrary, and Inexcusablehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/washington-3-words-dumb-arbitrary-and-inexcusable/61628/U.S. leaders fail to lead on sequestration, but finger-pointing thrives.Ron Fournier, National JournalFri, 01 Mar 2013 15:48:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/washington-3-words-dumb-arbitrary-and-inexcusable/61628/Management - Promising PracticesCarolyn Kaster/AP