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This Former DEA Agent Is Going to Work in the Marijuana Business

December 10, 2013 Patrick Moen is a 36-year-old former supervisor at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, where, until recently, he led a team based in Portland that fought methamphetamine and heroin traffickers. Now, he is embarking on a career change. A rather dramatic one. The Wall Street Journal reports that Moen has become...

The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You've heard about the PandaCam, the closed monuments and national parks, and the furloughed federal workers. But so far, nothing I've read about the government shutdown has been nearly as gut-wrenching as this tidbit from The Wall Street Journal: At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff...

The States Where Women Make the Most (and Least) Compared to Men

September 27, 2013 At some point or another, you've heard the stat that American women earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men make. But what about state to state? Is it as bad in New York as, say, Ohio or Wyoming? In a new report, the Center for American Progress offers...

The Brogrammer Effect: Women Are a Small (and Shrinking) Share of Computer Workers

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a Census report out this week, women today still make up a frustratingly small 26 percent of workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. But whereas their presence has at least grown or held steady in most of these fields, it's been on a 20-plus-year decline...

Here's How Much It Costs the Feds to Lock Up 219,000 People

August 13, 2013 This week, Attorney General Eric Holder is set to announce a batch of reforms aimed at thinning out our overcrowded federal prisons by easing up on drug prosecutions. Among other steps, the Washington Post reports that "low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will...

How to Earn $990,000 More In Your Lifetime

July 23, 2013 Ever since the Great Recession sucked the air out of the legal industry, an extremely vocal group of writers—myself included—has been trying to warn pretty much any 20-something with an Internet connection to think twice about going to law school. The job market for recent grads has been murder. And...

Most Men Stop 'Leaning In' To Their Career By Their Mid-Thirties

July 15, 2013 One big reason more moms (and dads) don’t “lean in” at the office is that they just don’t want more work. As Catherine Rampell at the New York Times has been reminding us for the past week, that’s true for the majority of workers. According to the Families and Work...

Analysis: Is Snowden an Example of Contractors Earning Too Much?

June 11, 2013 No matter how you feel about Edward Snowden's decision to dish on the government's spying habits, there's at least one issue all of us can agree to be outraged over: his salary. Before hightailing it Hong Kong, the 29-year-old said he had a plum $200,000-a-year job as a Honolulu-based government-contractor...

Analysis: Slashing Government Jobs Hurts the Unemployment Rate

June 7, 2013 Today, the Labor Department announced that the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 7.6 percent. After the news, I caught the following exchange on Twitter between the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart and University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers. Unemployment rate with same number of govt jobs as...

The Myth of America's Tech Talent Shortage

April 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow So it turns out the United States is not, in fact, the educational wasteland tech industry lobbyists would have you think. Companies like Microsoft often claim that America is suffering from an economically hobbling shortage of science, math, and computer talent. The solution, they argue, is to let employers fill...

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