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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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Infographic: The Many Perks of Working From Home

October 22, 2012 According to a report from the Office of Personnel Management, only a quarter of all federal employees eligible to telework actually do. And that’s a shame, because research shows teleworking has benefits for your productivity, health and the environment. The infographic below, created by CarInsurance.org, details the many, many perks ...

Presidential Humor Pt. 2 – Obama’s Digs at Himself

October 19, 2012 Good leadership requires a flair for public speaking, sharp wit and a knack for self-deprecating humor. By that standard, both candidates were in fine form Thursday evening. Like a breath of fresh air, the presidential candidates took a moment to raise money for charity and inject some levity into the ...

Presidential Humor Pt. 1 – Romney’s Funny Side Revealed

October 19, 2012 Good leadership requires a flair for public speaking, sharp wit and a knack for self-deprecating humor. By that standard, both candidates were in fine form Thursday evening. Like a breath of fresh air, the presidential candidates took a moment to raise money for charity and inject some levity into the ...

The Best of Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' Meme

October 17, 2012 Mitt Romney’s unfortunate phrasing touched off Internet hysteria following the Oct. 16 town hall presidential debate. The moment came when Romney stumbled over a question regarding pay equity, telling the audience how he used “binders full of women” to recruit female cabinet members as Governor of Massachusetts. The full remark ...

Watch this Awesome Time-Lapse of Shuttle Endeavour's Trip through L.A.

October 16, 2012 In a march reminiscent of a New Orleans jazz funeral, the space shuttle Endeavour slowly passed throngs of smiling onlookers as it crawled through the streets of Los Angeles toward its final resting place at the California Science Center last weekend. Earlier this year, residents of Washington, D.C. and New ...

Five Employee Ideas that Could Help GSA Save $5 Million

October 12, 2012 In the weeks after scandal erupted earlier this year over the General Services Administration’s extravagant spending on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the agency was already introducing new programs to save money. In late May, GSA launched the Great Ideas Hunt, a program that asked employees nationwide to suggest ...

Job Security No Longer Top Driver of Employee Satisfaction

October 12, 2012 In a sign that concerns about the economy may be receding, a survey recently found that job security was not the top driver of employee satisfaction for the first time since 2007. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), employees ranked a desire to use skills and abilities ...

It's Easy to Pretend Government Doesn't Matter

October 11, 2012 Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, recently told Excellence in Government that critics of government employees have forgotten what life was like before government regulations made life simpler. “It’s a shame that [government employees] are being vilified because the people who are doing that, at a basic ...

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Brain Damage?

October 11, 2012 I once knew a fed who pulled an “all-nighter” to meet a deadline, taking catnaps in his office until the sun came up. Dedicated public servant or problems at home? You be the judge. With work life bleeding into home life, it’s easy to lose sight of boundaries and find ...

Being 'Busy' Is a Lame Excuse

October 11, 2012 Co-worker A: "How are things going?" Co-worker B: "Things are busy." That…right there. How many times have you had that exact same interaction--playing the role of either co-worker A or B? Too many. That dynamic, Oscar-worthy dialogue accounts for way too much of what we say in a typical workday. ...