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Current Title:
Steve Ressler Founder and President, GovLoop
Current Agency or Organization
What Best Describes Your Role?
Senior Exec
Educational Background (Degree, School):
MA, Sociology (DHS Scholarship), UPenn
BA, Sociology, Miami University
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Topics I Care About
Acquisition, Career, Leadership
I work for the government because:
good mission, good work, good opportunities
My favorite public servant is:
my retired father

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7 Ideas for the U.S. Digital Service

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This week it was announced that the U.S. federal government is creating a U.S. Digital Service team led by Mikey Dickerson with a goal to "improve and…


3 Tips on Planning Your Federal Career Based on Vacancies

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:30pm 8 Comments

Every week I pick out the top 10 government jobs by a variety of job types at our  Part of doing this each week has actually gave me a much better sense on government job openings - what agencies and job types are hiring.  

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1) Don't rule out DOD or VA - Literally 50% or more of job openings each…


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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:30pm 6 Comments

At GovLoop, we usually have 2-3 MPA students working as fellows helping make GovLoop more awesome.  Usually around this time of year is when I start getting job questions - from applying to PMF to private sector jobs to how to navigate USAJOBS.

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Every week I search all the new jobs on USAJOBS and pick the top 10 per category (from HR to IT) for our section (sign up for our weekly emails).

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At 3:11pm on March 8, 2014, Sarah L Patrick said…

Hi, Steve,

So sorry to report that my first contact via govloop was a spam pick up message from 'Alex Robert' in the system.  I looked for a place on the website to notify you that this action took place but did not find it.  You might want to add a 'spam' option in your email features so the organizers of govloop can get rid of 'members' who do this.  I tried to reach you via the email address listed with this auto message generated to new members ( but it was returned to me undelivered.

Hi, I'm Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop. 
I'm excited that you signed up for GovLoop email updates.
It is not an appealing feature of governmental communications to have a moderated system's first community interaction be this:
"I noticed your profile and you sparked an interest to me.I am a single man looking for my true love,a woman that has a big heart,ready for a serious and honest long term relationship.I saw your profile and it caught my attention and i like to know more about you.Please send me y
At 4:28pm on June 13, 2012, Carol Davison said…

Good Afternoon Steve,


I don't know if I accidently hit the wrong key or what, but lately it seems like Govloop is contractors picking my brain, and people asking me to vote for them.  Did something change? Thank your for considering this. 

At 2:58pm on May 14, 2012, FrankieC said…

Hello Steve,

thanks for hooking up. I like being on GovLoop and it seems like a very jolly community of like-minded people. Kudos to you for putting together this inspiring, meaningful venture.

Let's stay in touch


At 7:52pm on May 12, 2012, Amanda Blount said…

Hi Steve, Thank you for asking! I got back to the states on DEC 27, BUT, we really didn't get to TN until JAN 12. So, that is the date I really feel like I was home. The blocked sites list, while I was deployed, were hard to get around, and many sites would not come up. So, that is why I didn't have much time to get on here. PLUS, we were working 12-14 hours a day. It was crazy. :-) I was gone for so long, I have been working every weekend to get things back in order at home. I see things are moving along great here!! I am so happy for you! I will be retiring out of the military soon, so I am looking all over the world for my next step in life. :-) Hope you have a fantastic day!!! Again, thank you for asking about me! :-)

At 9:31pm on March 15, 2012, Bryan O. Parker said…

Thanks Steve!

At 1:26pm on March 1, 2012, John Robert Nixon said…

Hey Steve, I love Austin. Great town, I feel very fortunate to call this place home. There's a whole lot going on and the people are very friendly. My family has put our roots down so this will be home for a long time to come.

At 10:43am on March 1, 2012, Dennis Boyer said…

Hi Steve, Thanks for reaching out.

The Interactivity Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan operating foundation devoted to exploration and development of the public participatory techniques that serve democratic governance. IF is headquartered in Parkersburg, WV , but has Fellows, Associates, and affiliated faculty around the country. I'm in Wisconsin. Check us out at :


At 9:56am on March 1, 2012, Courtney Dianne Wright said…

Good Morning from Oklahoma! Thanks for requesting to be my friend! :) Oklahoma Interactive is an affiliate of NIC Inc. and we provide eGovernment services to the state of Oklahoma. We created/manage, Oklahoma's Official website as well as develop custom applications for state agencies to help them better reach citizens. :)

At 5:31pm on February 2, 2012, Angela Hodges said…

Hey Steve!  Life is good, we can't complain in Cary!  Who did you know here?  Great to meet you online and look forward to working with you!  If you think of anything that we should be involved in, feel free to shoot it my way!  - Angela

At 6:44pm on January 7, 2012, Tricia John said…

I am ready to move into a position of leadership and policy choices. My current background is in Social Services in particular Child Support Enforcement, I am interested in the field of Information Security, as well as Fraud Prevention in Social programs. I am hoping to find opportunities to gain growth and experience in where I would like to see my career grow into. 


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