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The Business Model

November 5, 2008 If nothing else, the travails on Wall Street show the limits of the mantra of running government like a business. During the past decade, financial firms pushed products such as adjustable-rate mortgages, derivatives and mortgage-backed securities that proved too risky for the market to bear. The 1990s mantra that the ...

The Business Model

November 1, 2008 Everything is connected and one event has many effects. If nothing else, the travails on Wall Street show the limits of the mantra of running government like a business. During the past decade, financial firms pushed products such as adjustable-rate mortgages, derivatives and mortgage-backed securities that proved too risky for ...

Me, Me, Me

October 29, 2008 As you toil under the rules and regulations that govern federal managers, you occasionally may long for the supposed freedom enjoyed by bosses outside the civil service. You imagine you could hire anybody you want, reward your best performers easily and fire the deadwood. You're a fair arbiter of performance. ...

External factors will limit next president’s control over spending

October 6, 2008 Editor's note: This article is excerpted from a National Journal story exploring how much of a difference the next president will be able to make in a number of policy areas. Rhetorically, the two presidential candidates offer sharp contrasts on federal spending. Obama has promised to pump more money into ...

What’s Your Timeline?

October 1, 2008 Are you retired on active duty? As an acronym, you'd be a ROADie. You've got your retirement date circled, starred and highlighted on your calendar. If you could, you'd put a blinking neon sign on it. You're ready to go, and truth be told, you're not super-motivated to take on ...

What’s Your Timeline?

October 1, 2008 Everyone is on a different clock. The trick is getting them to work together. Are you retired on active duty? As an acronym, you'd be a ROADie. You've got your retirement date circled, starred and highlighted on your calendar. If you could, you'd put a blinking neon sign on it. ...

Meeting Up

September 17, 2008 The back-to-back political conventions this summer offered strikingly different visions for government and the country, but behind the scenes they were strikingly similar. Both were massive logistical undertakings. Each host city -- Denver for the Democrats and St. Paul, Minn., for the Republicans --received $50 million in federal taxpayer dollars ...

All Contracted Out

September 3, 2008 The past two decades have been a roller coaster ride for the federal acquisition workforce. Government purchasing-largely seen as a clerical, low-grade function for much of the 20th century-has become a high-profile profession. In 1988, only 52 percent of federal procurement workers had college degrees and roughly a quarter fell ...

All Contracted Out

September 1, 2008 The federal acquisition workforce is weary from turmoil. The past two decades have been a roller coaster ride for the federal acquisition workforce. Government purchasing-largely seen as a clerical, low-grade function for much of the 20th century-has become a high-profile profession. In 1988, only 52 percent of federal procurement workers ...

Marine veteran runs a tight convention

August 27, 2008 It's a little after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, time for Travis Dredd to make his rounds. As the convention's deputy CEO in charge of ensuring that everything runs smoothly in the Pepsi Center, the former Marine sergeant conducted an after-action review on Monday night to identify problems that needed to ...