Posts Tagged: fiscal

Boom or Bust – How Is Your State Budget Fairing?

The 2008 economic recession hit states particularly hard. Tax revenue was plummeted. Budgets shrank. Simply put, economic times were tough. But in the five years since the recession, states have seen a bit of a recovery. A new S&P report ranks how states have recovered from the recession and warns some states about policies they’reRead… Read more »

Shutdown Ramifications (Part I): America & the World

While the government shutdown is over for now, the calamitous costs to America and the world linger. The most blatant financial costs have resulted from a major “sucker punch” to the gut of the fragile U.S. economy. This occurred at an inopportune time for America. Like a boxer absorbing a knock out blow, we wereRead… Read more »

3 Potential Outcomes to Fiscal Stalemate: how and when will it end?

According to the so-called “conventional wisdom” in Washington, the current fiscal impasse should end any day now. This is especially true as Thursday’s deadline fast approaches for dodging a disastrous debt default. Moreover, the American people’s anger continues to grow over the government shutdown. But what is considered to be Washington wisdom these days mayRead… Read more »

Gov 1310: an Adult Learner’s Experience with the Harvard Cheating Scandal

Among the great experiences of the year just past for me was the opportunity to learn about the US Congress through the Harvard Extension School from Professor Matthew B. Platt in the class Gov 1310. … Yes that class. Nearly one year since the first session of Gov 1310 and headlines about the class continueRead… Read more »

What’s Really in the Sequestration Deal – Plus Your DorobekINSIDER 7 Stories You Need to Know

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER: Budget cuts and the potential for sequestration are always going to be on the table. So DHS’s Chief Procurement Officer says feds need to learn to deal with budgetary reality. Click here for the full recap. But up front: Just about everybody is back to it after holiday distractions. The bigRead… Read more »

Are budget cuts the real catalyst for Innovation?

Think about this; stability rarely breads innovation. Traditions and norms don’t generate creativity. So keeping that in mind, doesn’t it stand to reason, that severe budget cuts like the ones that the government is currently dealing with, could be the real catalyst for growth and innovation? That’s the hope of Alan Balutis. Balutis is seniorRead… Read more »

Sequestration is Delayed – Now What?

Federal agencies received a two-month reprieve from the across-the-board spending cuts that were scheduled to start Jan. 2 under the Budget Control Act, reports Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller. But it’s not all good news. Along with the agreement, Congress also extended the federal pay freeze through fiscal 2013. So what actually in the agreement?Read… Read more »

As 2013 Nears So Too Does the Fiscal Cliff – Plus the DorobekINSIDER 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER: There were pockets of real leadership and satisfaction success in government. The National Credit Union, NASA and the FDA all topped the Best Places to Work survey. So what was their secret? Click here for the full recap. But up front: Fiscal Cliff Watch New York Times: Speaker John Boehner wantsRead… Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Watch – Plus Your DorobekINSIDER 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER: For technology to really move forward, the federal government needs a skilled workforce that can keep up. James Ropelewski is the senior procurement officer at the Education Department. Ropelewski says big data and BYOD will also be big in 2013. Click here for the full recap. Fiscal cliff watch: Politico reports,Read… Read more »