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 End of PowerPoint As You Know It

September 10, 2012 You know what's interesting about PowerPoint presentations? Usually nothing. What began as a wonderful tool for publicly conveying information has transformed into the ultimate crutch for the underprepared and verbose. Too much text is the enemy, and effective presenters know it. Carmine Gallo, a Contributor at, says we should...

Nine Tech Tips for Starting a New Government Job

September 10, 2012 The learning curve at a new government job is high. From the acronyms to the bureaucracy, a new employee has his or her work cut out. And unless you're a luddite (no offense to any luddites out there...), a big part of that learning will involve a host of IT...

How the CFPB Stole Talent from Silicon Valley

September 7, 2012 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently celebrated its first birthday. Birthed out of a tumultuous financial crisis, the young agency has been forced to rapidly scale and innovate. At Excellence in Government Live on Sept. 6, Dave Uejio, Lead for Talent Acquisition at CFPB, described the agency's philosophy of...

The 8 Federal Agencies Most Attractive to New Grads

September 7, 2012 As recent graduates set out in search of new government jobs, there are only a handful of federal agencies that appear compatiable with the needs and wants of Generation Y. According to the Partnership for Public Service’s analysis of the 2011 NACE Student Survey, college student’s preference for public service...

Beyond Mars: The Biggest Federal Victories of the Summer

September 5, 2012 If the tone of this election cycle is to be believed, government has never been worse. Its efforts futile, its people corrupt and its funding a waste. Luckily, our politics has only but a loose connection to reality, as Tom Fox of the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington...

Four Leadership Lessons From Great Bosses

September 5, 2012 A good boss is hard to find. A bad boss is easy--it seems there's always a surplus. A surplus of managers adept at making you hate your life and decreasing productivity. A great boss, on the other hand, empowers you and has the potential to change your life. It's those...

Seven Fundamental Tips for Starting a New Government Job

September 5, 2012 You did it. After months of scouring USAJOBS, you’ve landed the opportunity to serve your country working for the federal government. Kudos, hats off, congrats, etc. Are you ready to work? Few new jobs are harder than a new government job—whether you’re fresh out of school or a new political...

Federal Managers Give Government a 'C' in Cost Savings

September 4, 2012 Federal managers are even harder on themselves than they are on government as a whole. When asked to grade the cost efficiency of their own agencies, 69 percent of federal managers felt they were performing at a C average or below. When asked to grade the entire federal government, 59...

Stop emailing to reduce stress, increase productivity

September 4, 2012 How often do you sit in a meeting, phone in pocket, and feel the incessant buzzing of emails piling up in your inbox? It's a stressful, foreboding feeling. It should come as no surprise then that researchers at the University of California, Irvine say that answering fewer emails reduces stress...

Three questions to get past stress and move your team forward

September 4, 2012 As September begins, and notice that the quarter is quickly coming to a close, we’re all likely realizing we’re behind the ball. It seems like just yesterday we sat down with our director or assistant secretary and committed to a whole range of performance measures--and now, one month out, your...

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