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Susan Fourney

Managing Editor As managing editor, Susan Fourney has been part of the editorial leadership team at Government Executive since 1995. She has more than 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience, mostly covering federal management issues. Prior to joining Government Executive, she was managing editor at Federal Times. Early in her career she worked as an editor and writer at Army Times and Dallas/Fort Worth Suburban Newspapers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University.
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November 11, 2014 The Disease Detectives CDC’s intelligence officers were on the case even before the Ebola outbreak made headlines. By Susan Fourney Imagine having a job and not knowing where your next commute will take you or what will be expected of you when you get there, and if the work doesn’t ...

This Graphic Will Show You What Your Office Will Look Like in 10 Years

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2013, the General Services Administration put the finishing touches on its next-gen headquarters renovation, designed to reduce the agency’s building expenses and carbon footprint while creating efficient work spaces that meet the growing need for mobility and flexibility on the job. The planners envision this modern paradigm as the ...

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September 1, 2013 Films About War Iraq War veteran Michael Chan pursued two dreams—the military and movies. By Susan Fourney High on the list of risky career moves are fighting wars and making movies, and Michael Chan took a chance on both. The 27-year-old Iraq War veteran, who served two tours with the ...

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July 1, 2013 Debating the Draft One lawmaker says women should sign up, while others say shut it down. The decades-old military draft system could be in line for a face-lift if some in Congress have their way. Lawmakers are making moves to reform the Selective Service, the agency in charge of registering ...

In Focus: Funding Defense

April 18, 2013 The national defense base budget has outweighed non-defense spending for much of the past three decades, according to data compiled by the Congressional Research Service. In constant dollars, defense base budget authority in 1977 was lower than non-defense -- $340.6 billion versus $421.1 billion. In 2012, national defense spending was ...

Budget Winners and Losers

April 10, 2013 While federal deficit reduction and sequestration have dominated the national conversation during the past year, not all agencies would see spending cuts under President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal. Eight departments and major agencies would see increases in discretionary funding under the president’s plan. The State and Commerce departments would ...

In Focus: Where the Federal Workforce Counts

April 2, 2013 As agencies scramble to determine which employees might be subject to furlough and for how long, states are bracing for the economic fallout from sequestration. Government’s budget crunch sometimes is viewed as solely a Washington problem, but its impact also will be felt disproportionately in other parts of the country ...

In Focus: Clocking Clearances

March 29, 2013 As recently as 2007, if you were a federal employee or contractor who needed a security clearance to handle classified information you could expect to wait more than 100 days before your background investigation was complete. Now the average wait is little more than a month, according to data from ...

Timeline: The March Into Combat

February 27, 2013 As Pentagon leaders figure out how to integrate female service members into direct ground combat units, they have more than 200 years of precedent to fall back on. Women have been on the battlefield since the American Revolution, albeit surreptitiously at times. Before World War II, most of them were ...

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December 1, 2012 Nobel Pursuits NIST scientist David Wineland’s work leads to the call of his life. By Kedar Pavgi People in government tend to associate the 3 a.m. phone call with a crisis. For National Institute of Standards and Technology scientist David Wineland it was one of the best surprises of his ...