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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 ...

Gen X Execs

November 1, 2007 The next generation of federal executives has begun its ascent. The nonprofit sector has boomed over the past three decades, growing faster than either the government or for-profit business. According to Independent Sector, an association of nonprofits, 1.9 million such groups are registered with the Internal Revenue Service, a doubling ...

Gen X Execs

October 31, 2007 The nonprofit sector has boomed over the past three decades, growing faster than either the government or for-profit business. According to Independent Sector, an association of nonprofits, 1.9 million such groups are registered with the Internal Revenue Service, a doubling over the past 25 years. In the 1990s, with government ...

A Change Agent Failure

October 3, 2007 Bill Proenza was the National Hurricane Center director who never dealt with a hurricane -- at least one created by Mother Nature. His half-year tenure, from January to July 2007, was instead dominated by a storm of his own making. Proenza managed in that short time to publicly embarrass his ...

A Change Agent Failure

October 1, 2007 What happens when a manager does it all his way. Bill Proenza was the National Hurricane Center director who never dealt with a hurricane-at least one created by Mother Nature. His half-year tenure, from January to July 2007, was instead dominated by a storm of his own making. Proenza managed ...

Gotta Move?

September 1, 2007 Some say mobility would make senior executives better leaders. The government encourages but does not require senior executives to move among agencies to gain leadership experience. Most stay at one agency for the majority of their careers, building expertise in a particular field. Indeed, many stay in one office at ...