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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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Watch Curiosity’s First Year on Mars in This Hypnotic Two Minute Time-lapse

August 1, 2013 Hard to believe it’s almost been one year since Curiosity Rover, “Mohawk Guy” and “7 Minutes of Terror” all became part of the vocabulary we immediately associate with NASA. On Aug. 6, 2012 Curiosity touched down in Mars’ Gale Crater, marking a significant achievement in unmanned interplanetary exploration. To commemorate...

USDA Paid $36 Million to a Lot of Dead People

July 31, 2013 The title of the GAO report really says it all: “USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals.” That stark pronouncement comes after a recent GAO audit discovered that three USDA agencies had made $36 million in improper payments to 6,336 dead people between 2008 and...

Sequestration Got You Down? Embrace It, Says Defense Leader

July 23, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Looking for more defense news? Introducing Defense One, delivering the news, analysis and ideas that will define the future of U.S. national security. Visit DefenseOne.com Sequestration is here and, by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere. Welcome...

Check Out This View of Earth From 900 Million Miles Away

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leave it to NASA to reveal just how insignificant we are. On July 19, NASA snapped two pictures of Earth from two different spacecraft hundreds of million miles apart. The first comes from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Launched in 1997, Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004 and has been observing the...

How The States Got Their Names

July 22, 2013 Among the many things I take for granted while exploring new places are names. I recently took a trip that had me hit up Wyoming, Utah and Idaho (really, the best tri-state combination there is) and never stopped to ponder, where did these states get their names? The below infographic...

What Do George W. Bush and World Wrestling Have in Common?

July 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new analysis of the most controversial topics on Wikipedia shows that, among other things, the legacy of President George W. Bush is far from settled. A team of researchers from Hungary, Oxford and Rutgers found that the most controversial topics in the English language version of Wikipedia include hot...

How the Defense Department Communicates

July 16, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Looking for more defense news? Introducing Defense One, delivering the news, analysis and ideas that will define the future of U.S. national security. Visit DefenseOne.com Thanks to sequestration and the excellent timing of the GSA conference scandal, travel restrictions...

Infographic: The Benefits of Biking to Work

July 15, 2013 If you live anywhere along the eastern seaboard, biking to work may not be up your alley this week—with high humidity and scorching heat projected through most of the week. But if you’re willing to sweat a little (or a lot), the benefits of biking to work are pretty significant....

3-D Printing Could Transform NASA

July 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 3-D printing represents a potential game changer for NASA and the US space program. In June, a 3-D printer passed a series of microgravity tests, paving the way for use on the international space station next year. Now, NASA has announced that it successfully tested its first rocket engine part...

How to Lead a Team to Greatness, From the Man Who Sequenced the Human Genome

July 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From sequencing the human genome to running the largest biomedical research agency in the world, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has a record of harnessing complex public institutions to get things done. In his five years as NIH Director, much of Collins’ agenda has centered...

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