Union leaders attend a rally at the Capitol protesting the shutdown in 2013.

Everyone Dreads Shutdowns, So Why Do They Keep Happening?

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Agencies can transform their data into actionable insights that drive meaningful and practical change to better serve their customers.

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Trump ‘Looking Into’ Pentagon’s JEDI Contract

The president said Oracle, IBM and Microsoft have been complaining about JEDI.

Route Fifty

K-12 Spending Sees Gains, But Still Lags in Many States, Teachers Union Says

An analysis of 2017 data finds education funding remains below pre-recession levels in over a third of states.

Management

Leaks Are Changing How Diplomats Talk

In the era of WikiLeaks, hostile-state cyberwarfare, and leaks such as the Darroch incident, the diplomatic cable’s primacy is being threatened, changing the way foreign policy is being conducted.

Tech

A Giant Leap For Humankind – Future Moon Missions Will Include Diverse Astronauts And More Partners

The new era of space exploration is characterized by an emphasis on diversity and international cooperation. But there's a lot of work to do before there's gender equality in STEM fields and at NASA.

Tech

Army Goggles Will Feature Facial Recognition Tech ‘Very Soon’

A modified gamer headset will allow soldiers to see through a drone’s eyes, aim around corners, and identify the faces of enemies in their sights.

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Viewpoint: The Debt Ceiling And Why We Should Kill It

The U.S. hit the debt ceiling in March and is expected to run out of ways to get around the new $22 trillion limit by September. An economist explains why the ceiling is a dysfunctional relic.

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Pay & Benefits

New Guidance Helps Agencies Assess the Value of Work-Life Balance Programs

The federal government is looking to quantify the costs and benefits of programs such as telework. 

Management

Unions Consider Next Steps Following Workforce Order Ruling

The injunction blocking three controversial executive orders by President Trump will remain in place for 45 days to allow unions to consider an appeal.

Management

How Agency Heads Are Shifting Power Away From Federal Employees and Toward States

Federal officials have had too much discretion to institute their personal policy preferences, administration officials say.

Route Fifty

As Temperatures Heat Up, Cities Need to Keep People Safe

A new guidebook, released by a disaster relief agency, offers strategies for cities to prepare for and learn from stretches of hot weather.

Management

Trump Wasn’t The First President To Confront The Supreme Court – And Back Down

President Trump hinted that he would defy a Supreme Court ruling recently, though he later yielded to its authority. Andrew Jackson – a Trump hero – likewise challenged the rule of law in the 1830s.

Route Fifty

Three States File Lawsuit Over Federal Rules Blocking SALT Workaround

Treasury and the IRS last month prohibited charitable contribution programs meant to provide taxpayers a way around a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.

Nextgov

Pentagon Will Default To Trusting Other Agencies’ Cloud Security Assessments

The department has had success reusing other agencies’ authorizations and will make reciprocity the rule rather than the exception.

Nextgov

Census Chief Assures Lawmakers IT and Cyber Risks are Under Control

But with less than a year until the 2020 count kicks off, the bureau still has little room for error, the Government Accountability Office warns.

Management

Looks Like Turkey Is Getting Booted from the F-35 Program

After months of threats, Washington appears poised to drop Ankara from the multibillion-dollar project.