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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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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 ...

Infographic: The 10 Agencies with The Most STEMM Talent

May 20, 2013 The demand for STEMM talent (aka science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical field professionals) is increasing. According to a new report issued by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, entitled, The Biggest Bang Theory: How to Get the Most out of the Competitive Search for STEMM Employees, ...

Astronaut Makes Most Expensive Music Video Ever

May 13, 2013 In 1995, Michael Jackson and his sister Janet made the music video “Scream” set aboard a fictional space station. On Sunday evening, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released a music video set aboard a REAL space station. An even bigger difference? Jackson’s video, the most expensive in history, cost about $10.5 ...

The 10 Most Amazing Space Videos Filmed Aboard the ISS

May 12, 2013 If you’re not familiar with Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and Internet sensation aboard the International Space Station, you should be. Hadfield, who was the commander of the ISS until Sunday evening, has created some incredibly simple—and super cool—videos about life in space. The videos, often created in response to ...