Give me examples of government services in the USA that have been privatized, and tell me if the service improved or got worse.
posted by zenja72
on Nov 25, 2007 -
Has any democracy, in a free, fair and open election, ever chosen a racial minority as a head of state or head of government? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname
on Nov 20, 2007 -
My friend works as a federal contractor, and he is a permanent resident / legal alien / green card holder. The thing is, it seems more and more federal contracts are requiring US Citizenship, which I can understand for the FBI and NSA and stuff... How does the government decide that US Citizenship is required for a contract. Is there a book of regulations they follow that I can see? [more inside]
posted by joecacti
on Nov 8, 2007 -
Besides the obvious collateral benefits to producers and consumers of news, what is the logic of using the time and resources of government officials during an emergency to calculate and report the death/injury toll of a natural or man-made disaster? Does this task aid rescue or recovery efforts in any way?
posted by Saucy Intruder
on Oct 19, 2007 -
What can you tell me about the Monterey Institute of International Studies? [more inside]
posted by dead_
on Oct 3, 2007 -
Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Aug 29, 2007 -
Are U.S. Government publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? More specifically, are Federal Reserve publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? I'd like to be able to monkey with these comics
, but am wary of violating copyright. (I've sent e-mail to the Federal Reserve asking this same question, but am skeptical that I'll receive a timely response.)
posted by jdroth
on Aug 23, 2007 -
Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum? Say theoretically a government department ran a consultation via web forum, with invited, non anonymous participants, and wasn't happy with what some of their own staff said. Would it be ok for them to order the staff to edit the posts? Are there any useful examples of the consequences?
posted by anonymous
on Aug 7, 2007 -
Any Mefites know of headhunting/recruiting firms in the Chicago area that specialize in government relations/public affairs? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown
on Jul 30, 2007 -
What's a good definitive source of quotations on the net? I've been trying to track down the source of a quote, but get differing answers. [more inside]
posted by jpburns
on Jul 25, 2007 -
Why is the presidential administration working so persistently to bequeath extra powers to their likely Democrat successors? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Jul 5, 2007 -
I visited a public middle school, and it was filled with roaches, is there anything positive I could do for those kids? [more inside]
posted by ceberon
on Jun 12, 2007 -
Julie Amero. Are there ANY concrete actions a non-expert stranger could take to decrease the chance she'll do jail time?
posted by lorimer
on Jun 1, 2007 -
I once read a claim that the Chinese government had funded "research" whose aim was to prove that Han Chinese are a different species to other humans. It was a physical book, not online. What might it have been? And incidentally, is the claim true?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on May 18, 2007 -
I currently work for the government and recently applied for another job in a different location (still with the government). The new job description sounds like it was written for me. I am currently doing the exact same job and more at the same pay grade. I am extremely well qualified and went to one of the best schools in the country for this field. The problem is – I didn’t even get past the first hurdle to be considered for an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 17, 2007 -
This travel advisory
from the State Department website, dated 1998, states that the use of GPS units is highly regulated in Russia and that it is risky to bring one unless it is fully documented. Now, GPS units are a lot more common today than they were in 1998. Do I really have to worry about this? I am planning a multi-country trip and I could mail myself the GPS ahead of time to my post-Russia destination if I had to. I am an amateur photographer and I use the unit to tag the location of photos I have taken.
posted by matildaben
on May 11, 2007 -
A few years ago I saw on TV that the General Services Administration and congress sell off their furniture and other stuff at low prices at a store of some kind in Virginia or Maryland? Is this for real? Where does a person find the store, is it online, and can I go there with a truck? My google-fu fails me.
posted by parmanparman
on Apr 12, 2007 -
The US government does not consider IRA money or 401K money (or stock market investment of any kind) to count as "savings" when they calculate US savings rates. Thus our perennially lousy savings rates vs. other countries. Or so I read. If true, what is our government's reasoning? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones
on Apr 10, 2007 -
So when the gov't pulls its diplomat from Syria as the US did in 2005, what happens to that gov't employee?
Is he/she laid off? If she/he stays on the state dept. payroll, what is he/she doing to earn their salary in the meantime?
posted by Fupped Duck
on Apr 4, 2007 -
What law would be really good for a state legislature to pass or repeal? This is a practical question, seeking practical answers: I have a friend who is a good-government, reform-minded state legislator who is looking for suggestions, but the deadline for filing in this part-time legislature is one week away for the biennium (two-year period).
posted by Mr. Justice
on Feb 25, 2007 -
I live in chicago and got my car towed last night (on Division bet. western and california). The reason is because there is no parking on the street when snow is two inches or more (from 3am to 7am). It has not snowed since wednesday and there was no snow in the street when I parked there, nor did it snow during the evening. I paid the fee to get my car out and I have scheduled a hearing for 2/23/07.
Has anyone successfully gotten their money back? Am I in the wrong? I would appreciate any advice I can get going into this hearing.
posted by danb1
on Feb 16, 2007 -
How do government employees with security clearances keep track of which information is classified and which information isn't, when they get asked questions about work that they do? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud
on Jan 5, 2007 -
There's a commission in New York State
that's going to force closure of a bunch of hospitals across the state, including a few in my area (Buffalo
). They are also going to force a few private organizations to merge. What gives them the ability to dictate this sort of thing? Is it the threat of withholding funding? I've read many news articles on the closure recommendations, but have missed out on a good ultimate explanation. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Where to elope? The SO and I would like to elope in January, but we haven't found a place that suits us. A Justice of the Peace/city hall-type wedding would suit us well, but if possible, we'd like that municipal building to be a wonderful, old, beautiful (or new and funky) building in an interesting country/city/area that we could spend some time exploring. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on Nov 28, 2006 -
How long should I expect to wait in line to see the Supreme Court in session? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF
on Nov 8, 2006 -
I have seen a couple trucks owned by the city (public works trucks) with magnetic signs advertising to "Vote No" on an upcoming proposed charter amendment. I have also seen a flashing sign owned by City Hall with the same message to "Vote No on Prop. 7". Isn't this illegal?
posted by LoriFLA
on Oct 20, 2006 -
I'm thinking about applying for a government job in a field which would almost certainly require a backgound check. I've toked up. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 18, 2006 -
I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo
, but I need help with a plot point involving the U.S. presidential order of succession. [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Oct 10, 2006 -
On the hunt for unique and odd US government offices (somewhat for entertainment, seriously for a job.) [Oh yes, there is somewhat more inside.] [more inside]
posted by sperose
on Sep 27, 2006 -
Need your help finding my son a career. He would like to stay in college but with an idea on what he is there for. [more inside]
posted by FLHunter3006
on Sep 10, 2006 -
Food Stamp Filter: I'm a new graduate student in a 5 year program and my fellowship, while nice, precludes me from taking out any student loans. my mom suggested I look into food stamps, but I can't figure out if I qualify. Help! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal
on Sep 2, 2006 -
I'm looking for cheap/free visual aids (posters, photos, etc.) to support a high school teacher who is teaching US government. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter
on Aug 23, 2006 -
This September I'll be teaching a workshop on writing skills at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Help me design and choose some great readings for the course! [more inside]
posted by josh
on Aug 22, 2006 -
Security Clearance/Foreign Service-filter
: I'm thinking of a career in the Foreign Service when I get out of college (T-minus 4 years), which I am just now entering. While metafilter has had questions about this
before, but my situation is am bit different (so I'm hoping the Foreign Service mefites from those threads can chime in). The most important distinction is that I'm looking to be a Security Engineering Officer
, or in some other sort of engineering related role (which falls under "Management" I believe) not a diplomat. Much more after the jump... [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Aug 8, 2006 -
Identify this movie: Low level government clerk asks to be sent on assignment to observe wolves... [more inside]
posted by PenDevil
on Jul 7, 2006 -