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Getting it Right

February 1, 2002 nder the airport security bill passed in November, the federal government has just nine months left to build and staff a new agency that will have more employees than the Education, Housing and Urban Development and State departments combined. Virtually everything about the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) must be built...

The Incredible Shrinking Budget Office

January 1, 2002 he more the war on terrorism intensifies, the less relevant the President's budget office is to the organization, and even the cost, of the war effort. It has had little to contribute in the discussion of how much to spend on homeland defense, except to say that it should cost...

The Rudman Assignment

December 1, 2001 ormer New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman may well be the most important resource in America's new war on terrorism. No one knows more about what went wrong in the months leading up to the attacks on New York and Washington, and no one has more insight about what now needs...

SPECIAL REPORTTo Restore and Renew

November 1, 2001 Now is the time to rebuild the federal public service. he terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11 reminded the nation just how important the federal public service is in times of crisis. The night after the attacks, President Bush said, "the functions of our government continue...

Preparing A Workforce For War

November 1, 2001 The Defense Department must be able to hire, fire and promote to maintain the world's strongest defense. s the Bush administration readies the nation for a long war against international terrorism, it must soon decide how to build a federal workforce that can wage that war effectively abroad and maintain...

A Ray Of Hope In A Dark Moment

October 1, 2001 f any comfort can be found in the darkness following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, perhaps it lies in the federal government's extraordinary record of achievement over the past half century. Despite what seemed to be insurmountable odds, the federal government: Helped rebuild Europe after World War...

Leading by Example

September 1, 2001 uried somewhere in the vast federal bureaucracy is $1 million for an orientation program that the Bush administration desperately needs. Congress provided the money when it passed the 2000 Presidential Transition Act, which directed the federal government to give the new members of the President's Cabinet and subcabinet a broad...

Crusader at the Crossroads

August 1, 2001 ennessee Republican Fred Thompson is at a crossroads. Having served nearly two terms in the Senate, Thompson is deciding whether to seek reelection or just go home. No one could blame him for giving up his seat. Having chaired the bitter investigations of the Clinton-Gore 1996 fund-raising shenanigans and fashioned...

Whacking at Bloat

July 1, 2001 he Bush administration has launched its campaign to flatten the federal hierarchy, taking the first step toward bridging the gulf between citizens and their leaders. Under an executive order issued May 8, every federal agency must prepare a restructuring plan designed to "flatten the federal hierarchy, increase the span of...

100 Days in the Shadows

June 1, 2001 une 6 marks a day of reckoning for President Bush. It's exactly 137 days after Bush was inaugurated. Subtract the 37 days for the Florida impasse, and June 6 becomes the real end of Bush's first 100 days in office. It is the fairest point for grading Bush against his...