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In Focus: Clocking Clearances

March 29, 2013 As recently as 2007, if you were a federal employee or contractor who needed a security clearance to handle classified information you could expect to wait more than 100 days before your background investigation was complete. Now the average wait is little more than a month, according to data from...

What do Smokey Bear, traveling feds and children have in common? Their own federal apps.

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is in the midst of an all-out push to make information available to citizens anywhere at any time and to make customer service competitive with the private sector. To that end, federal agencies have launched more than 100 custom-built mobile applications and mobile-adaptive websites in recent years. In...

Obama v. Romney on federal pay, the size of government and management

September 11, 2012 Debate over the nature and scope of the federal government has taken on unusual prominence during the 2012 presidential elections. On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have offered remarkably different visions of how they will manage a federal government facing tough budget decisions and...

The State of Defense

August 15, 2012 Click below to see the full Defense poster included in the Aug. 15 issue of Government Executive.

Timeline: Obama’s efforts to tame the bureaucracy

July 10, 2012 During the 2008 presidential campaigns, critics were quick to point out Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience leading large organizations. Three years into his term, some say the president has indeed faced a steep learning curve, as senior correspondent Charles S. Clark reported in the July issue of...

Campaigning for Cuts

January 11, 2012 Here is our series of infographics parsing through each of the Republican presidential candidate's stated plans to restructure the federal government. We initially ran the graphics in the first days of January. Rick Perry (No longer running) Rick Santorum Jon Huntsman (No longer running) Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney

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