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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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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...

Executive Summary: 5 Best Management Tips of the Week

May 9, 2013 Welcome back to Excellence in Government's round up of the best management tips from around the web. This week we tell you to stop worrying about your inbox, to be funnier and provide you some great tips to prepare your office for the summer intern(s). Read on… 1. Stop Worrying...

How to Hack Google Like One of NSA's Top Cyberspies

May 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a reason they call it cyberspace: Like space, the Internet has grown so expansive that we’ll likely never know all its secrets. Indeed, cyberspace is so deep and complex that even the National Security Agency’s top cyberspies are struggling to comprehend it. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying....

7 Guaranteed Ways to Destroy Your Productivity

May 8, 2013 According to a report from CEB, fiscal austerity has prompted public sector executives to believe they'll need an 18 percent increase in employee performance to meet agency objectives. With some 80 percent of workers indicating their workloads are on the rise, and 59 percent of government agencies anticipating fewer resources,...

From Death Stars to Guns, How 'We The People' Reveals the Mood of a Nation

May 7, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Since its inception in the fall of 2011, petitioners have advocated for many causes on the the White House's We the People petitioning system. Hundreds of thousands have signed the online petitions, ranging from those involving legalization of marijuana...

Bizarre: LBJ Orders Pants in Secret Recording

May 3, 2013 It’s always refreshing to run across leaders who know exactly what they want. But this…this might be a little too specific. It’s Friday, so here’s your reward for making it through the week: A bizarre animated short set to a very real recording of our 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson,...

Givers, Takers and Matchers: The Secret to Success in Government

May 2, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes We’ve all been taught that those who succeed are the sharks--the one’s who ceaselessly pursue their own self-interest. They’re aggressive. They’re ambitious. They’re laser focused on their own needs. The successful, we’re told, are the takers. But our guest,...

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