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App was referred to hiring official at USCIS, how long till I hear something? Interview Advice?

Started this discussion. Last reply by GovLoop Oct 22, 2012. 1 Reply

I just got an email notifying me that my application for Immigration Analyst (Asylum) had been sent to the selecting official. I'm very excited about the chance to use my MPA…Continue

Tags: career, INS

Java Developer - Illinois Department of Employment Security

Started Jul 7, 2011 0 Replies

IDES is hiring several Java Developer positions and I see that IDES just posted it publicly. Time to make sure that all the Govloopers know!The link is below and I've included the job description. …Continue

@cookcountyblog - About your twitter....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Kalov Mar 17, 2011. 13 Replies

Open Letter to @Cookcountyblog: It’s time for us to talk about your twitter OK, let me first start by saying how proud I am that you’re taking your first steps into the social media realm. I’m also…Continue

Tags: gov20, media, social, twitter

 

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Christopher Whitaker commented on Samantha Holquist's blog post 'Top 10 Social Media Tools to Determine Your Return on Investment'
"The problem with social media metrics is that different people are using social media for different things. Sure, if I'm trying to get my message to go viral - then having lots of RT's and shares really help my mission. However, if…"
Jun 10, 2013
Christopher Whitaker commented on Nicholas Charney's blog post 'Can bureaucrats be interesting when the world demands that they be boring?'
"Boring == Death. In an age of austerity, if departments can't show the public that they're doing interesting/innovative and worthwhile things the department gets cut and you end up in the unemployment line. Doing interesting things…"
Apr 23, 2013
Christopher Whitaker commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'Scared of Sequestration? Get to Work.'
"Good advice. I've already been thrown off the cliff. Perhaps it's different at the federal level, but layoffs occurred by seniority. I got zero points for earning my MPA while working full time or being the hardest…"
Dec 28, 2012
Christopher Whitaker liked Hannah Ornell's blog post 'AuntBertha.com Offers a Simple Way to Find and Apply for Government and Charity Services'
Nov 9, 2012
Christopher Whitaker liked Andrew Krzmarzick's blog post 'PMF Assessment Prep Guide: Top Tips from the Official Source'
Nov 5, 2012
William Lim liked Christopher Whitaker's blog post 'Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?'
Nov 5, 2012
Ami Wazlawik liked Christopher Whitaker's blog post 'Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?'
Nov 2, 2012
Christopher Whitaker liked Kathryn Troutman's discussion Up to 7,000 Presidential Appointee Jobs Set to Open Up
Nov 1, 2012
A blog post by Christopher Whitaker was featured

Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?

First, the came for the statisticians, and I said nothing because I was not a statistician One of the things I noticed was an increasing amount of attacks on Nate Silver's 538 blog and his methodology. Some range from concern trolling from Politico to downright…See More
Nov 1, 2012
Christopher Whitaker posted a blog post

Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?

First, the came for the statisticians, and I said nothing because I was not a statistician One of the things I noticed was an increasing amount of attacks on Nate Silver's 538 blog and his methodology. Some range from concern trolling from Politico to downright…See More
Oct 31, 2012
GovLoop replied to Christopher Whitaker's discussion 'App was referred to hiring official at USCIS, how long till I hear something? Interview Advice?'
"Guessing could be 2 week to 2 month...Others?"
Oct 22, 2012
Christopher Whitaker posted a discussion

App was referred to hiring official at USCIS, how long till I hear something? Interview Advice?

I just got an email notifying me that my application for Immigration Analyst (Asylum) had been sent to the selecting official. I'm very excited about the chance to use my MPA and adjudication experience to good use. Does anyone know how long it takes to get a call about an interview? Or about the interview itself?Thanks! See More
Oct 21, 2012
Christopher Whitaker replied to Bill Brantley's discussion 'Why Project Managers Need to Learn to Code'
"I always like the analogy of the NASCAR driver and the crew-chief. At the bare minimum, as a driver you should at least know the basics of what's going on under the hood. The more you know about the ins-and-outs of coding, the better prepared…"
May 25, 2012
Christopher Whitaker commented on GovLoop's blog post 'What the Facebook IPO Means for Government Agencies'
"I hate to point this out because I've been really negative on this sort of this as of late  - but the incentive for the best and the brightest minds is to go into ADVERTISING.  For less money that Facebook bought Instragram, Elon Musk…"
May 25, 2012
Christopher Whitaker replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Best employees = overworked?'
"Part of this stems from governments having to layoff staff. There's not a whole much you can do about balancing workload when you have less hands to do it with.  Plus when the government does want to hire, it can't do it fast enough.…"
May 8, 2012
Christopher Whitaker commented on Gadi Ben-Yehuda's blog post 'Your Klout Score: What It Means and How to Use It'
"Right tool for the right job is fine and all, but that's not how people are treating Klout. Klout is either touted as the something VERY important to your career or the worst thing ever. For better or worse, this is the way things…"
May 1, 2012

Profile Information

Current Title:
Researcher
Current Agency or Organization
Smart Chicago Collaborative
What Best Describes Your Role?
Program Mgmt
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Sam Houston State University 2008

Master's in Public Administration, DePaul University 2012
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
@CivicWhitaker
http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/
Topics I Care About
Leadership, Project / Program Mgmt, Citizen Engagement, Open Source, Social Media, Digital Governance
I work for the government because:
I want to advocate for my community and innovate for my city.
My favorite public servant is:
FDR and JFK

What I do

As a program representative for the Illinois Department of Employment Security,
I'm on the front line of the current recession. When somebody loses their job, they come see me. I process their claim, adjust wages, and adjudicate minor issues, and explain their rights under the Unemployment Insurance Act. I'm currently workIng in the 5th largest office in the State of Illinois.

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Christopher Whitaker's Blog

Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

First, the came for the statisticians, and I said nothing because I was not a statistician 

One of the things I noticed was an increasing amount of attacks on Nate Silver's 538 blog and his methodology. Some range from concern trolling from Politico to downright…

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Too Small To Win? Civic Hackers Thwarted by Procurement Rules!

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 10:30pm 11 Comments

Peoples of the Procurement Departments! Hear me now! 

What in the world have you done? Have you doomed us all!? 

I present to the people of #OpenGov some of Chicago finest civic coding craftsmanship - ChicagoLobbyists.org 

Don't keep reading, click the link first then come back to me. See the awesome disclosure powers of this site. Every lobbyist. Every lobbying firm. Every action they…

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Chicago Apps Contest Round II: Community Apps that bring the civic awesomeness

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 9:51pm 0 Comments

Round II: Apps for Metro Chicago Community Round

App contest produces more civic minded apps

 

For those of you who may not have heard, Chicago is hosting an application contest using open data…

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My city will give you $10k for a killer Chicago App

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

From the moment the Rahm Administration entered office, it was obvious that big changes were on the way. For years, the Tax Increment Development Fund was an object of contention and the data was kept under as much under wraps as possible. 

 

The very first week that the…

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At 9:53am on January 12, 2012, Sebastian James said…

Seeking organized, experienced communications specialist to assist the press secretary and director of communications with managing a busy press office.  Duties include fielding and responding to media calls; helping organize press conferences; managing media clips; assisting supervisors with assigned projects; assisting with writing press releases and statements; serving as a liaison with department heads; and keeping a press office schedule.

 

Must be able to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment.  Experience working at a media outlet, or preferably, a press office.  Exceptional organizational skills and a can-do attitude, willing to help with whatever is needed.  Strong writing ability.  Ability to work well with internal and external constituents.

At 8:17pm on December 16, 2011, Sebastian James said…
Have a your-work-related question.
At 7:19pm on October 11, 2011, Linsey Maughan said…
Hi, and thanks! I figured it would make sense to seek out some other Chicagoans on here. I have a couple of friends who are doing an MPA or IPS degree at DePaul, so it's possible we know a couple of the same people. I'm a first-year MPA at UIC.
At 8:34pm on April 10, 2011, Monica Traphagan said…
Thank you!
At 1:47pm on March 25, 2011, pattipdx said…
<channeling elvis> Thank you, thank you very much </elvis>
At 5:01pm on January 28, 2011, Stephen Peteritas gave Christopher Whitaker a gift
At 11:34pm on January 20, 2011, Kitty Wooley said…
Makes perfect sense.  Still hard work, but a different kind of labor.
At 10:47pm on January 19, 2011, Kitty Wooley said…
Just saw your Jan. 7 question - after I finished laughing at your definition of "expert" on Christy Fifelski's blog!  Maybe it would help if you could tell us what characteristics you envision the post-MPA job having.  Then we could think about it with you.
At 9:34pm on January 17, 2011, Dane Roper said…
Thanks!
At 1:26pm on January 11, 2011, Kevin Carter said…
In regards to your status question, it's never too early. I got my Master's in American Govt in July. I started putting out feelers in Oct., applying in Jan. I found out about the PMF program in Feb, so I didn't have to apply anymore, but my classmates started applying heavily in March-May.
 
 
 

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