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Mark Micheli

Editor, Excellence in Government Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.
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The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research

December 19, 2013 Two-thousand thirteen will go down as one of the least predictable—and most political—years in history for American medical research. In the spring, sequestration—across-the-board budget cuts—wiped out more than 5 percent of fiscal-year 2013 budgets of government agencies that fund research and development, with the promise of more cuts over the ...

The Best Way to Fix HealthCare.gov? Scrap It and Start Over.

December 2, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes It's been almost a month since major issues emerged during the launch of HealthCare.gov, the website for Americans looking to sign up for a medical plan in the health insurance marketplace. And the problems remain in headlines. A key ...

What NASA Can Teach the Rest of Government About Using Social Media

November 5, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes To learn more about how technology is changing the way government interacts with citizens, register for free to attend NextGov Prime Nov. 20 – 21 in Washington, DC. On Aug. 6, 2012 a robot that had for months been ...

Watch All Six Moon Landings in One Video

October 25, 2013 When people think of the Moon landings, usually Apollo 11 gets all the attention for being the first success (and Apollo 13 for being the first failure). But let’s not forget that NASA made the trip to the moon six times between 1969 and 1972, with increasingly sophisticated equipment on ...

Infographic: Visualizing the Shutdown's Real-Time Impact on Federal Employees

October 10, 2013 It’s hard to really process the effect of the government shutdown. Rattling off that 97 percent of NASA is furloughed, that national parks are closed and that sad kids in bear costumes can’t go to the zoo doesn’t really capture the impact of what we’re currently witnessing happen to the ...

After the Retirement Wave Crests, Who’s Left?

October 8, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes There are roughly 600,000 federal workers currently in their 50s, which means thousands of government employees are quickly approaching retirement. With slow hiring of new workers to take older workers places, this exodus of experienced employees is often referred ...

Shutdown Continues Dark Days for Medical Research

October 3, 2013 Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, the federal agency with a $30 billion budget responsible for funding medical research across the country, probably woke up Tuesday morning with, at best, audible sighs. First, in the spring, there was sequestration—the automatic, across the board spending cuts that lopped off 5.5 ...

Watchdog Finds 719 Problems with the Pentagon’s F-35 Program

October 1, 2013 The beleaguered F-35 program has yet another problem on its hands. Actually, make that 719 problems. A recent report from the Pentagon’s internal watchdog reveals that the next gen fighter jet is plagued with hundreds of issues. The Defense Department’s Inspector General conducted a series of quality assurance assessments that ...

Bursts of Productivity Are Key to Getting Things Done

September 4, 2013 There’s a reason people find email to be such a drag on their productivity. It is. More to the point, it’s a treasure trove of distractions. Each new email represents an escape point, an entreaty to deviate from the task at hand. We accept this burden, thankful for email’s “convenience,” ...

Why You Should Stress Your Employees Out

September 3, 2013 When was the last time you felt truly accountable for something? A quick look at the old Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that accountability, by definition, means “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility…for one’s actions.” It’s shocking how often we’re part of projects for which, by virtue of being in a ...