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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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Gallup: You Stress Less When You Use Your Strengths

October 2, 2012 According to a new Gallup poll, Americans report feeling less worry, stress, anger, sadness and physical pain the more hours per day they feel they’re utilizing their strengths. More than half of Americans who use their strengths zero to three hours per day report feeling stressed, whereas only 36 percent ...

5 Tips for Watching the Debates

October 1, 2012 Presidential debate season is upon us—and nobody is happier than media pundits. Given a license to speculate, the talking heads will prognosticate from now until the final debate ends. But the debates are about more than who wins and who loses. In a campaign season marked by a lack of ...

Science Community Sounds Alarm Over Sequestration

September 28, 2012 Sequestration, as originally conceived, was to be the mutually assured destruction corollary to the budget wars -- an idea so untenable it would compel good behavior from a polarized Congress. But, as we’ve learned, expecting Congress to play on the same team is a lofty goal and, in the aftermath ...

Where Sequestration, Mars and Political Transition Meet

September 28, 2012 There's only one place where, in one day, you'll get a behind the scenes look at the landing of Curiosity, tips for navigating the political transition, and insight into what's coming with sequestration. And Excellence in Government Live, on Sept. 6, was that place. If you missed Excellence in Government ...

How to Get Unstuck

September 27, 2012 There are days when that feeling akin to writers block applies to your entire life: you're unsure why you're doing what you're doing and you don't know how to move forward with your to-do list, let alone begin. Writing for Lifehacker, Mike Vardy has a process to clear your head ...

The 7 Most Powerful Women in Government

September 26, 2012 Seven women who work for the U.S. Government made Forbes magazine's 2012 "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list. Many are very familiar faces. The annual rankings are determined by three factors: money (based on country GDP in The World Factbook), media (a composite of news hits and social media ...

Neil Armstrong on Progress, One Small Step at a Time

September 25, 2012 It was one month ago, on Aug. 25, that the first person to walk on the moon and the most famous government employee ever, Neil Armstrong, passed away. Armstrong didn't give many interviews and shied away from the spotlight, remaining humble until the end in his accomplishments. In a rare ...

NIH Cuts the Monkey Business

September 25, 2012 According to Scientific American, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will retire 110 government-owned chimpanzees and stop funding for The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center, a research lab specializing in the breeding, management, and importation of primates. Last year, Wired Science reported on several troubling events ...

Stay Off E-mail After Work, Say Employers

September 24, 2012 Work-life balance was officially obliterated for me in November of 2010. In that fateful month, I got a smartphone. I had resisted pitching my dumbphone knowing what would happen--I'd be on call 24/7, I'd play with it constantly and the war of attrition between my work-life and my home-life would ...

Bum Contractors Get the Boot

September 21, 2012 More federal contractors than ever are being shown the door, says a new report. According to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee, agencies have increased suspensions and debarments of contractors that fail to follow the rules, from just over 1,900 in fiscal 2009 to more than 3,000 in 2011. Whether ...