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If three-quarters of Washington isn't already on on psych meds, they should be

Does being treated for anxiety disorder pose a threat to the career of a mid-level Treasury employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Why can't amtrak turn a profit

Why is Amtrak not profitable despite massive subsidies? And just how environmentally friendly is Amtrak? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Aug 6, 2012 - 64 answers

Shadowy names?

What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25, 2012 - 46 answers

Schedule A Hiring Authority

Has anyone been hired by a US government agency under the Schedule A Hiring Authority? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jun 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Is it illegal to make profit out of purchased government logos?

Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Help Name a Records Management Blog

Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jun 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Do other countries have an Oval Office?

Which other countries (if any) have a specific, famous office for their heads of government, comparable to the Oval Office for the President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by aurelian on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Do initial public offerings affect government policy and vice versa?

How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
posted by espada0 on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration.

What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
posted by espada0 on Mar 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Say No To Bulls**t!

Why do I find propaganda so creepy? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

When did the US begin making laws about marriage?

When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples? [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo on Feb 7, 2012 - 15 answers

What legislature was passed which reduced unemployment benefits in 2010 or 2011?

In 2010 or 2011 US congress passed some legislation which resulted in a reduction of unemployment benefits. For example, My 2 week unemployment check went from $520 to $476. What was the legislation?
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Who are these people?

When the media uses the phrase "GOP elite," to whom exactly are they referring? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Feb 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Suggestions for reading about large scale projects?

What large scale, generally peaceful and non-space related projects would be as fun to read about as the Apollo space program? Specific details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 1, 2012 - 34 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How long must a drug company prove a drug safe and effective to win FDA approval?

When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Not libertarianism, not socialism, something completely different

Where would I go to collaborate on re-architecting government? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

The serial monogamist's revenge

Here is one requiring some detailed knowledge of social security benefits. How many ex-spouses can I make eligible for spousal benefits? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Tell me about regulatory enforcement careers

I'm curious about careers in financial-sector regulation. What kind of advanced education would help me get work with the U.S. Department of Justice, the FDIC, the SEC, or a state regulator? Is it better to focus on states (which ones?) or the federal government for this kind of stuff? Do some universities graduate more people into this kind of work than others? What kind of dues paying is required before the work gets interesting? What should I consider as I weigh either pursuing legal or finance training? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I easily make a few bulk Twitter lists?

My organization has 193 Twitter accounts we'd like to organize in lists on our flagship account. I want to copy-and-paste in a flat text list of Twitter handles (one on each line) and then click a button to make a list containing all of those accounts. How can I do this?
posted by Hammerikaner on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

The Canadian version of a FOIA request

In Canada, does the Access to Information Act apply to provincial and municipal governments?
posted by thewalrus on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Can anyone advise me on remotely applying to OR state jobs?

Anyone have experience with remotely applying to jobs with the State of Oregon? Can it be done and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Sep 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries

Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Sep 20, 2011 - 7 answers

i want facts, figures & long, boring reports!

Where can I find the latest figures and in-depth reports on annual U.S. government subsidies? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Sep 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Seeking opinions on career options and life directions for a young geologist - please weigh in with your experiences!

I'm a young geologist considering long-term career options and life directions. Please tell me about your experiences (as a geologist) in grad school, industry, or government/regulation. Or your experiences working in video/photography, as that is an alternative career path I'm considering. [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

10th Trade Tower Anniversary organized?

As I watch the outpouring of emotion and this week long remembrance of the Twin Towers tragedy, I can’t help but think that this is a well planned marketing campaign of some sort, rather than, a spontaneous reaction to the anniversary of the event. Do any of our readers have information that would indicate that there is some sort of master plan? [more inside]
posted by Old Timer on Sep 10, 2011 - 38 answers

Should I take this job just to be able to have a job with the Federal government?

I'm interviewing for a job with the Federal government that is far below the qualifications I have. What to do if I get an offer? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 24, 2011 - 25 answers

How can I find out whether I can reuse city or county publications?

What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 28, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I stop my city government from outsourcing the decision to outsource government services?

I'm looking for research or advocacy groups that are critical of governments that hire consulting firms such as KPMG for budgetary advice or auditing purposes. Other than The Yes Men, please ;) [more inside]
posted by copystar on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

US Budget for Dummies

Can you help me better understand the US budget? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jul 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Failing to raise the debt limit

What happens if the U.S. defaults? [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus on Jul 10, 2011 - 13 answers

My kingdom for...a list of government agency contacts!

(asking for a friend:) Is there a quick way to find organizational charts (incl. contact info) for government agencies? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jul 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Why isn't Congress's Salary Paid by the States?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it. Thanks.
posted by Jamesonian on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Does playing poker count as job experience?

How can a professional poker player turned college graduate transition into a "real" job? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jun 27, 2011 - 9 answers

I know government employees are lazy but this might be pushing it...

Is it too soon to start looking for another job? Difficulty level: trying to go from government to the private sector after five months... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Can knowing Persian and Arabic get me a job?

What kinds of jobs can I get based on my military experience and knowledge of languages? Should I study more first? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I live in Chattanooga?

I'm thinking of moving (back) to Chattanooga. What is the job market like there? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jun 7, 2011 - 2 answers

He finally got his head examined

What's the magic word to get long-term depression and Parkinson's Disease accepted as Service Related for the purpose of securing a Veterans Administration pension for an 80-plus-year-old Korea Conflict veteran? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on May 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?

How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me debunk Auntie (& Bill Whittle)

Help me debunk Auntie (& Bill Whittle) - warning, highly politicized fiscal data [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Apr 21, 2011 - 10 answers

What's it like to interview for a government research position?

After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Apr 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Suffrage and the American Emigrant: Confusion Abroad.

I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Mar 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Good WIKI software for govt agency?

I need WIKI software that is good to use for a large U.S. federal government agency. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 answers

What happens to a cleance if I leave the job?

Will a U.S. security clearance investigation in progress be halted if I leave my sponsoring company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 5 answers

A rational explanation of the GOP budget?

Can anyone point me toward some writing by a smart person in support of the GOP's budget? I'm not being snarky—I am sure that wealthy, anti-intellectual people looking out for their own interests is a motivation on the part of some congresspeople, but I am not ready to believe in a world where it is the only one. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

What post does the winning candidate pass in the UK "first past the post" voting system?

So the UK will be asked to decide soon whether to keep the "first past the post" voting system for electing MPs, or to adopt the AV (alternative voting) model. What I want to know is why "first past the post" is called "first past the post". What post is the winning candidate first past? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Mar 2, 2011 - 18 answers

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