Jan 29, 2014 Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage?
Nov 6, 2013 The average American sleeps an hour and a half less per night than she used to -- and that's costing employers $63 billion a year.
Oct 11, 2013 So many metaphors have been used to describe the government shutdown. Do they help at all?
Oct 10, 2013 A cadre of so-called "debt-limit deniers" says it’s no big deal if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.
Sep 27, 2013 Whenever debates over the budget rage in Washington, leaders can't help but say the government should balance their budget as well as a household. But that analogy might not always hold water.
May 15, 2013 A Senate committee on governmental affairs looks at 380 ways “to make Washington more efficient.” What’s likely to be the fate of this cost-cutting initiative?
Apr 26, 2013 The Internet is powered by vast banks of computers which chew up energy. That's a big cost for the people who run these servers -- and the earth, depending on how all the electricity is generated.
Mar 29, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has dumped over 100,000 complaints, in 11 computer languages, for “civic hacking.” Banks complain that it’s not filtered for accurate complaints.
Aug 23, 2012 Which industries do well in public opinion polls? Computers get mostly positive marks, as do retail and anything having to do with food. The federal government and oil and gas, not so much.
Jul 23, 2012 About a year ago a law went into effect called the Plain Writing Act, meant to compel federal agencies into communicating with the public in a more accessible way. Now a nonprofit has come out with its first report card based on the act, and most agencies are not doing very well.