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Mark Micheli

Editor, Excellence in Government

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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5 Factors That Reduce Cloud Complexity (While Increasing Security)

August 20, 2014 There is little disagreement among federal CIOs that leveraging cloud services can offer agencies a flexible and scalable way to deliver high-performance digital services, save money, and comply with initiatives like the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. But getting there requires moving beyond the “low-hanging fruit” to the data infrastructure...

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Reducing Complexity, Ensuring Security: Toward Better Information Management

August 20, 2014 With the explosive growth of data in the last two years alone, the complexity of information management is quickly becoming a challenge for federal IT managers. As agencies move to expand the use of data analysis (especially big data) in everyday operations, the need to store, secure, and eliminate redundancies...

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Understanding Insider Threats Through Data Loss Prevention

May 7, 2014 Between Edward Snowden's leaks and rapid growth in internal data breaches, federal agencies will surely remember 2013 as the year of the insider threat. Organizations no longer wonder if they will experience a breach, but when. Since insider threat can come from anyone inside the organization’s boundaries—including full-time employees, contractors,...

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Striving for Federated Identity Management in Emergency Management and Healthcare

March 24, 2014 Ensuring access to agency resources by the right people, at the right time, and for the right reasons is a top priority for federal leaders. A number of recent high-level policies, including Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have made sure of...

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The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research

December 19, 2013 Two-thousand thirteen will go down as one of the least predictable—and most political—years in history for American medical research. In the spring, sequestration—across-the-board budget cuts—wiped out more than 5 percent of fiscal-year 2013 budgets of government agencies that fund research and development, with the promise of more cuts over the...

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The Best Way to Fix Scrap It and Start Over.

December 2, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes It's been almost a month since major issues emerged during the launch of, the website for Americans looking to sign up for a medical plan in the health insurance marketplace. And the problems remain in headlines. A key...

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What NASA Can Teach the Rest of Government About Using Social Media

November 5, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes To learn more about how technology is changing the way government interacts with citizens, register for free to attend NextGov Prime Nov. 20 – 21 in Washington, DC. On Aug. 6, 2012 a robot that had for months been...

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Watch All Six Moon Landings in One Video

October 25, 2013 When people think of the Moon landings, usually Apollo 11 gets all the attention for being the first success (and Apollo 13 for being the first failure). But let’s not forget that NASA made the trip to the moon six times between 1969 and 1972, with increasingly sophisticated equipment on...

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Infographic: Visualizing the Shutdown's Real-Time Impact on Federal Employees

October 10, 2013 It’s hard to really process the effect of the government shutdown. Rattling off that 97 percent of NASA is furloughed, that national parks are closed and that sad kids in bear costumes can’t go to the zoo doesn’t really capture the impact of what we’re currently witnessing happen to the...

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After the Retirement Wave Crests, Who’s Left?

October 8, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes There are roughly 600,000 federal workers currently in their 50s, which means thousands of government employees are quickly approaching retirement. With slow hiring of new workers to take older workers places, this exodus of experienced employees is often referred...