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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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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 ...

Video: The untold story of how the GPO became a model of federal cost savings

August 31, 2012 Stop what you’re doing right now and look down at your HSPD-12 mandated government ID card. Do you know where it came from? A little agency, that’s often out of mind but rarely out of sight, is responsible for not just your government issued ID card, but just about every ...

Using targeted training programs to deliver on mission

August 31, 2012 We all know the government enjoys a good performance measure. For all the things we attempt to measure, training and development programs often get short shrift. They require resources to stand up, commitment from both the trainers and the trainees, and represent a long-term investment with seemingly uncertain outcomes. But ...

Three questions to resuscitate a dying meeting

August 29, 2012 How often do you leave a meeting, bleary eyed, brain flickering between life and death, thinking, “That was a HUGE waste of my time!" These feelings result from a lack of engagement with the discussion, feeling at a loss for what the meeting's intended outcomes were or, quite likely, getting ...

Video: OMB Controller on modernizing government with fewer resources

August 29, 2012 Danny Werfel, Controller at the Office of Management and Budget, spoke at Excellence in Government on May 7, 2012. There, he spoke about the lessons he learned from setting up Recovery.gov, how data and transparency are key to transforming government and how, despite declining resources, we can still modernize government. ...