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Brian Friel

Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.
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Stimulating Bipartisanship

January 29, 2008 Last year, liberals and conservatives in Congress saw no value in meeting in the middle to pass bipartisan legislation on the biggest topics of 2007: Iraq and immigration. But this year, they are scrambling to the center to pass a $150 billion stimulus package to boost the flagging economy. Why?...

Get Comfy in Coach

January 23, 2008 Most private sector executives would be aghast at the notion of sitting with the air travelers in coach. It is assumed -- it is the cultural norm for many corporations -- that the leaders sit in business class. That's why they call it business class. Many federal executives, especially political...

Democrats likely to step up oversight efforts

January 22, 2008 The echo of the gavel from Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the venue for Energy and Commerce Committee hearings, has reverberated as far away as Hong Kong. In early January, the head of America's toy-industry group traveled 8,000 miles from Washington to explain to Chinese manufacturers that...

Outside the Beltway

January 9, 2008 Many of the problems that the federal bureaucracy has created or found itself embroiled in could have been avoided or fixed had key agencies collaborated in advance. The State Department's woes surrounding its contract with Blackwater Worldwide for security in Iraq at least could have been lessened if its ceaseless...

Senate in no hurry to confirm Bush nominees

January 8, 2008 Kristine Svinicki, President Bush's nominee for a Republican slot on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a well-respected aide on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has worked on energy, environmental, and national security issues for more than 20 years. At her confirmation hearing in July, she won praise from Democrats...

Capitol Hill forecast: Even less legislative agreement

January 3, 2008 Both parties hemmed and hawed about the lengthy delay facing the farm bill in the Senate this fall, but the silver lining is that Congress will probably finish the popular and ultimately bipartisan legislation in 2008, giving lawmakers at least one achievement for the coming calendar year to tout during...

A federal holiday poem

December 21, 2007 Observing what has been a holiday tradition at GovernmentExecutive.com since 1998, we present our annual ode to federal employees. Twas the night before Christmas, and all 'cross the Web Not a surfer was surfing, except for some feds. The FAA cleared Santa for his annual flight, As the Weather Service...

The Benefits of Benefits

November 15, 2007 The extras are nice, but maybe federal agencies should focus on what really attracts talent. Under a law that President Bush signed in September, federal workers who make monthly payments on their student loans for 10 years will have the remaining balance absolved. The new loan forgiveness program generally will...

The Benefits of Benefits

November 14, 2007 Under a law that President Bush signed in September, federal workers who make monthly payments on their student loans for 10 years will have the remaining balance absolved. The new loan forgiveness program generally will affect employees with low salaries. It comes on the heels of a five-year-old program through...

Scandal Politics

November 1, 2007 Are lawmakers better at dishing out accountability than taking it? Two former U.S. representatives were locked up in federal prisons in the last 18 months for corruption. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., is serving eight years for getting defense work for contractors in return for bribes and favors. Rep. Bob...