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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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Survive Holiday Party Small Talk with the FORD Technique

November 26, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Holiday parties are a great opportunity to relax and catch up with your colleagues. At least, in theory... For many, holiday parties are a dreaded annual exercise: an hours long endurance test in small talk and social anxiety. Mastering small talk can go ...

How Do You Keep Track of Your Day-to-Day Tasks?

November 21, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn It was an ugly scene: Scrawled post-it notes dotting the margins of a monitor, legal pads strewn about with half baked to-dos, intentionally unread emails in an overflowing inbox accented by a smudged whiteboard hanging on a wall in the corner. The ghastly ...

Is the TSA Killing Us?

November 20, 2012 As we enter into the busiest travel time of the year, long lines at airport security are among the many peeves travelers will encounter. Some who seek to avoid the inconvenience of air travel will pack up their cars and hit the road. According to AAA, more Americans will be ...

Photo: Obama is Not Impressed

November 19, 2012 You can’t say President Obama doesn’t have a good sense of humor—or Internet pop culture. Obama jokingly mimicked U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office last Saturday: For the uninitiated, Maroney became an Internet sensation ...

How Not to Start a Second Term: The Case of Richard Nixon

November 16, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn In searching the annals of history for presidential guidance, Richard Nixon is a unique role model. With the crown of most disgraced American president safely his, Nixon’s presidential lessons are remarkably consistent: great lessons in what not to do. As President Barack Obama ...

As Campaign Fades Away, Secret Service and Facebook Abandon Romney

November 13, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn With one crackly sentence, Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House came to an unceremonious end in the early morning hours after Election Day: "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue." That message, sent over the Secret Service’s radio channel, signaled the end was ...

Video: Mars Mission Director on the Importance of Perseverance

November 12, 2012 Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, recently discussed the success of the Mars Curiosity mission with Excellence in Government. He talked about the vision and, more importantly, the perseverance required by government agencies looking to accomplish big things. See an excerpt of the conversation with McCuistion below and ...

Infographic: 5 Ways to Reduce Stress

November 12, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn As we approach Thanksgiving, the race is on. There's an urgency in the air--perhaps it's the looming government transition, the aftereffects of an election that means Washington may briefly gets things done again or it could simply be the last few weeks before ...

Obama's Planned Visit to Burma a Presidential First

November 9, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The visit will come two weeks after Obama was re-elected and will be a key stop on a trip to Asia Nov. ...

Obama Cries While Thanking Campaign Staff After Election

November 8, 2012 President Obama offered an emotional thanks to his Chicago-based campaign staff the day after the election. Beginning at 3:10 in the video below, he tearfully tells his team: "You’re just going to do great things and that’s why, even before last night’s results, I felt that the work that I ...