May 15, 2013, will mark the 11th anniversary of the Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act. Congressed passed No FEAR on May 15, 2002, after hearing testimony that federal workforce abuse reduces government's ability to effectively execute with integrity essential programs such as waste management, pollution prevention, water treatment, food inspection, Medicare, social security and disaster assistance. President George W. Bush signed the Act into law…Continue
It’s Not What You Think
Since last weekend, the internet has been aflutter with news that many states have petitioned the White House for permission to secede from the union. No state has officially done any such thing. This is what’s going on.
To date, there are forty-eight petitions asking President Obama to approve the secession of 40…Continue
Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on November 13, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments
Photo credit: Luis Gomez Photos
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting two young entrepreneurs--the co-founders of the super-hip, new event crowdfunding startup,…Continue
Jonathan Breul retires today from his role as executive director of the IBM Center. He has had a long and storied career in public service over the past four decades, where he has left a lasting mark.
I’ve worked with Jonathan directly or indirectly over the past 30 years. His retirement is a good inflection point from which to look back at what he has contributed during the course of his career of public service as well as his role as executive director of the IBM…Continue
Added by John Kamensky on June 29, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments
Does the Federal Government need to rebrand itself, as some have recently suggested, due to low public approval, politically-charged rhetoric, and negative stereotypes of Federal employees?
I think not. Rather, I stipulate that:
1) Rebranding Feds is…Continue
December 15, 2011 marked the 220th anniversary of our Bill of Rights. As usual, it passed without much fanfare, yet it’s been protecting American rights for more than two centuries. The Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution--our nation’s primary legal document--and they are…Continue
Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on December 28, 2011 at 6:24pm — No Comments
Nearly three thousand federal civil servants have died in the line of duty since 1992. They represent a wide range of federal agencies, yet the federal government has no program or policy in place to provide a U.S. burial flag for these fallen heroes. This glaring omission was the subject of an Op-Ed in The Washington Post on April 30th (see below).…Continue
The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows. A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center's Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet. The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet…Continue
Added by Alexander B. Howard on January 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
In a recent discussion about civics and civil society, one of my colleagues referenced a line by Rap artist, Nasir Jones, a/k/a Nas from his song, “Hate Me Now” that states: People "fear what they don't understand, hate what they can't conquer.”
On this day of national recognition for Dr. Martin Luther…
Added by Jackie Boesinger on March 19, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"Known as Fitzy to his friends and co-workers at the DPW,…Continue