Management

Performance Data Has Value Only When It's Used

Government employees learn very early there is an unwritten job description that delimits what they are expected to do.

Oversight

Analysis: Courts Have Avoided Refereeing Between Congress and the President, but Trump May Force Them to Wade In

President Trump refuses to provide information to lawmakers in the impeachment inquiry. But courts have been reluctant to take such cases for fear of upsetting the government's balance of power.

Defense

The Space Force Appears Cleared For Launch

Lawmakers hint that bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act will create a new military branch.

Management

ACLU Files Suit To Stop Immigration Pilot Programs

The programs deny asylum seekers access to adequate counsel before key interviews with immigration officers, the lawsuit alleges.

Route Fifty

This State Found $117,000 in Double Payments Through Data Analytics

Ohio developed a tool to review all state agencies’ payment transactions from January through September and found 56 duplicate payments worth more than $117,000.

Management

Senate Committee Considers Trump’s Deregulation Crusader for Top Regulatory Role

At the same time, one of the administration's key initiatives to cut red tape is being challenged in court.

Nextgov

The Government’s Departing Shared Services Lead Explains Why This Effort is Different

On her last day in government, Beth Angerman talks about the new shared services framework she leaves behind and why she believes it will succeed where others have failed.

Route Fifty

Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

Management

Mixing Politics and Procurement Creates a Toxic Brew

If elected officials are allowed to influence government contracting decisions it won’t end well for the public.

Defense

Analysis: Why the U.S. Military Usually Punishes Misconduct but Police Often Close Ranks

No "blue wall of silence:" A military lawyer explains why the US armed forces take accountability and justice seriously.

Management

Pentagon 'Start-up' Opens Its First Satellite Office

The Defense Digital Service gathers top talent to work on technological projects.

Tech

The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System

A spacecraft has finally gotten close enough to the sun to gather clues about some lingering questions.

Nextgov

FDA Launches App to Report Fresh Uses for Existing Drugs

Health care providers can now easily access a one-stop online repository that experts hope will accelerate and innovate patient treatment.

Route Fifty

Early in the Season, Flu Widespread in 10 States

Public health officials said they hope to improve both information sharing and vaccine manufacturing to reduce the spread of flu in the near future.

Oversight

Key House Lawmaker Calls for Review of $400 Million Border Wall Contract

Federal officials had previously rejected Fisher Sand and Gravel's offerings, but President Trump is a fan of the company.