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Rebecca Carroll

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Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.

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October 1, 2012 A Road Well-Traveled Brenda Wells is the master of the long commute. Her daily five-hour sojourn to and from the State Department involves a drive, a ride on a commuter train, two subway lines and a bus. In May, Wells, won WTOP Radio’s inaugural Commuter Idle contest for having the...

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August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch...

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Bill to limit conference and travel costs wouldn’t actually save money

July 13, 2012 Legislation to cap agency conference costs and limit travel would not actually save money, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The 2012 General Services Administration Act (H.R. 4631) was introduced in April by Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., after details surfaced about extravagant spending on a 2010 GSA conference in Las...

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Calling all federal employees with great waste-cutting ideas

July 11, 2012 The White House is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency award, a competition for federal employees with new ideas for cutting waste and saving taxpayer dollars. Previous SAVE participants have suggested a NASA “lending library" to avoid duplicative purchases of expensive tools, providing U.S. code...

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A third of Americans say massive federal layoffs would help economy, poll finds

June 25, 2012 About one-third of Americans say laying off 100,000 federal employees would be good for the economy, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. The survey asked 1,000 respondents about a scenario in which the government lays off 100,000 federal workers to reduce government spending. Thirty-two percent said such a move...

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Order aims to protect troops from predatory school recruiters

April 27, 2012 An executive order signed by President Obama on Friday seeks to protect troops and veterans from “aggressive and deceptive” academic recruiters. The order cites examples of institutions targeting veterans with serious brain injuries and emotional vulnerabilities without providing academic support and counseling. Vets have been encouraged to take out costly...

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Government settles century-old tribal claims for $1 billion

April 12, 2012 The federal government has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits filed by 41 tribes alleging mismanagement of money and natural resources held in trust, the Interior and Justice departments announced Thursday. The agreement resolves century-old disputes and ends years of protracted litigation. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar...

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February 1, 2012 Women in the war zone test the Pentagon’s combat policy. By Caitlin Fairchild A hot-button issue at the 2011 Veterans Forum hosted by California State University, Los Angeles was the role of women in war zones. Long excluded from combat units, female service members are increasingly on the front lines....

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Federal salaries see worst growth in a decade, analysis finds

December 27, 2011 Federal salaries rose an average of 1.3 percent in fiscal 2011 compared to 1.2 percent average pay growth for private sector workers, according to USA Today analysis. The sluggish salaries, held down by a pay freeze and tight budgets, did not exceed inflation, the paper noted. The average federal worker...

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Teleworking Through Irene

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene could be the first major test of new federal telework policies that were required to be in place by June, according to the latest Wired Workplace post from Nextgov's Brittany Ballenstedt. "Some agencies, most notably the Patent and Trademark Office, have their acts together when it comes to...