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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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The Doctor Is In

July 1, 2013 I’m a little underslept today,” Dr. Francis Collins laughs, sitting in his office in the historic Building 1 of the National Institutes of Health’s sprawling campus in Bethesda, Md., where he presides as the dean of the nation’s health. They say Collins is indefatigable. He has accomplished so much in ...

The One Question The Best Federal Leaders Ask Themselves

June 21, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Shelly Metzenbaum, the Office of Management and Budget’s former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management, recently joined us on the Excellence in Government Podcast to reflect on her time with OMB and share what she’s seen separate high ...

We’ve Been Whining About ‘Modern’ Life for Over 100 Years

June 19, 2013 Do you think, thanks to technology, that modern life moves too fast? That email is too fast and frequent, overwhelming the senses and cheapening our correspondence? Or that we’ve forgotten how to relax (especially in cities) and that we spend too much “family time” staring into our own personal devices, ...

15 Things the Public Has More Confidence in Than Congress

June 13, 2013 It wasn’t too long ago we had the pleasure of reporting Congress is less popular than the likes of root canals, colonoscopies, cockroaches and Nickleback. Today, we return to once more examine the public's hate-hate relationship with Congress. According to Gallup, Americans’ confidence in Congress decreased by 3 percent this ...

Video: Guitar Playing NIH Director Nails ‘The Sequester Blues’

June 6, 2013 If you’re not familiar with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, you should be. In addition to mapping the human genome and running the largest biomedical research facility in the world, he’s also the most musically gifted federal official around. Case in point: The video message ...

Video: Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work

June 4, 2013 The technique of brainstorming relies on one simple tenet—don’t criticize. Don’t be critical of another person’s idea for fear that it will destroy all their creativity and sour the creative potential of everyone in the room. Criticism is the seed of true innovation, the video argues. Without being critical, the ...

The New Type of Leader Government Needs Now

June 4, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Government agencies are organized around outmoded models. Silos prevail and solving interagency problems is near impossible. Two men who have broken down silos and created stronger interagency cooperation joined us on the Excellence in Government Podcast to discuss the ...

Cleaning Up GSA: A Year After Scandal, Has The Agency Improved?

May 28, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Last year, Dan Tangherlini took over at the General Services Administration amidst scandal and turmoil. Following revelations of overspending at a training conference in Las Vegas that led to his predecessor’s resignation, Tangherlini was brought over from the Treasury ...

Cass Sunstein's 8 Simple Rules for Making Government 'Simpler'

May 21, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Where you see a pyramid, replace it with a plate. So goes the mantra of Cass Sunstein, author of Simpler: The Future of Government and President Obama’s former “Regulatory Czar." The “plate not pyramid” slogan advocated by Sunstein, who ...

Coburn: ‘Legitimate’ Role for FEMA in Response to Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 21, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said Tuesday that “there’s a legitimate role” for the federal government in the response to the tornadoes near Oklahoma City that have devastated the town of Moore, where at least 24 people have died. Coburn, who opposed the Superstorm Sandy relief package, as well as a ...