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Do You Believe in the Power Nap?

There's a new petition created on We the People, a new feature on, to obtain the Federal Government's support for the Power Nap. Will you add your name? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by July 09, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama…


Added by Jeff Chao on June 9, 2013 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Lessons Learned: IRS Employee Training Videos & Conferences

Can things get any worse for the embattled IRS?

Like any large business, the federal government is not immune from good investments going bad, or making bad investments…


Added by David B. Grinberg on June 8, 2013 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Speak Up or Let Your Work Speak for Itself: What Do You Do Here?

I'm serving as the team lead (non-technical) for a software implementation. Last week the vendors came for a site visit to do some initial testing. After a successful week, we said our goodbye's and the representative from logistics headquarters said to me, "I'm not sure what you do here, but you seem important." All I could think of was this classic scene:



Added by Jay Johnson on June 7, 2013 at 3:40pm — 4 Comments

Behavioural Economics- Focusing on a single point can let opportunity slip by

On this rainy, Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend the Tech@State: Moneyball Diplomacy event at George Washington University. One panel in particular on behavioral economics stood out.

Take a look at this video (many of you may have already seen this). Count how many times they pass the ball around:

Did you see…


Added by Erik G Eitel on June 7, 2013 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments


The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.1

What was I thinking creating that mission for myself and adopting the title Strategic Change Agent?2  It’s rough in the arena; the crowd cheers for your failure – to see your body marred and bloody.  I’m thankful I work in place that provides me sick leave, and then a furlough day and then a holiday so I could have a five day weekend to heal my wounds…


Added by Sabrina H. DeLay on June 7, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Deep De-Bureaucratization Case

Every single one of us who is a government employee feels the pain of government bureaucracy!

The deep disconnects that drive us crazy. 

How can we reconnect the programs and technology and people and politics, etc? 

How can we anticipate and influence the growth in people and our organizations' capabilities? 

These are the questions that my office and colleagues have been working on for 10 years.

After 25 cases of learning the deep aspects of leveraging…


Added by David Paschane on June 7, 2013 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

IRS puts two managers on leave - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • Helping you do your job better, that is the mission of the DorobekINSIDER and now it is also the mission of the Volcker Alliance. The group founded by Paul Volcker the former chairman of the Federal Reserve. We get the inside scoop from OMB veteran and new Volcker…

Added by Emily Jarvis on June 6, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

A New Player in the Federal Space - The Volcker Alliance - Helping Gov Do its Job Better

"Helping you do your job better" - that is the mission of the DorobekINSIDER and now it is also the mission of the Volcker Alliance, a group founded by Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

“Trust in American government has been declining for decades. Trust rests on confidence, and too often government, at all levels, in the eyes of its citizens, has been unable to respond effectively…


Added by Emily Jarvis on June 6, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Obama taps Susan Rice for Nat. Security Adviser - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

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  • Sol is the world's first interplanetary weather app, it integrates weather data from the Curiosity rover on Mars with weather data from here on Earth. The app was developed by Ingenology for the NASA Space App Challenge. Meet the man behind the app. Mike…


Added by Emily Jarvis on June 5, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

TSP Investment Timing and the Retiree's Dilemma

The stock market is up and the DOW stock market index has recovered from its low of 6629 in March of 2009 to over 15,000 recently. Interest rates and yields on CDs, treasuries, and savings have remained historically low. The government has artificially maintaining interest rates well below norm to stimulate the economy and to encourage savers to spend and dive into high yielding and higher risk investments like stocks and housing. Most of this nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is based…


Added by Dennis V. Damp on June 5, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

IRS lands a new Chief of Staff - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

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  • Many of us learned about the legislative process while listening to the School House Rock anthem in our elementary classroom. But if you want to take your knowledge of the legislative process a bit further, you only have to log on to The site also allows you to track bills currently going through the Legislative process.…

Added by Emily Jarvis on June 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Breaking down the first year of PortfolioStat

Last March the Office of Management and Budget unveiled PortfolioStat. The goal was simple, help agencies save time, money and resources by giving them a tool to asses their portfolio management process. …


Added by Emily Jarvis on June 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Earn Extra Income in Retirement and Have Fun at the Same Time

Retirees and employees alike often need extra income to just get by, pay off debt, or to save for special occasions or a rainy day.  There are many part time job offers that you must be cautious of such as advertisements that offer unrealistic wages and annual incomes with little work involved.  Real opportunities take commitment and time that you must be willing to contribute to the cause. There are numerous…


Added by Dennis V. Damp on June 3, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Pres. Nominates a new FBI Director - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • The Agricultural Research Service's Ken Lithicum studies deadly insects who terrorize plants, animals and humans. His work has saved millions of lives in Africa and the Middle East and has made him a Service to America Medal Finalist. Meet…

Added by Emily Jarvis on May 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Matter of Perspective: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

On my short-list of places to visit is the Sistine Chapel. Beyond the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s diverse portfolio has been transformational to both society and the world of art. I recently discovered that two of his pieces of art - The Pieta and David were done before he was 30. Although he was best known as a sculptor, to me, the Sistine Chapel stands out as the most amazing work of art from Michelangelo's diverse and remarkable masterpieces. Below I’ve briefly consolidated 3 of…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on May 30, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

We Wanted to Help Your Job Search but You Blew It

Recently I was at a meeting with military folks transitioning to the civilian work world. Several asked for my card. Not one has contacted me in the weeks since.

An old friend has been looking for work for a year. Many people who know him ask me about his progress. And then say ‘he never followed-up’ about referrals or…


Added by Kathleen Smith on May 29, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Could the Scandal at IRS Discourage Decision Making?

By now everyone has heard about the situation brewing over at the IRS.

But here is a brief refresher: A Treasury Department inspector general criticized IRS management for not providing sufficient oversight for agency workers who evaluate applications for tax-exempt status. The report said that laxity contributed to workers…


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What's the Value of Virtual Events and Training to Government?

Virtual events and online training are growing in importance as government seeks more cost effective ways to educate and train personnel.

PLEASE TAKE OUR 10-MINUTE SURVEY, which is designed to gain your feedback and insights in order to:…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 29, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

How Can the Tech Industry Impact America’s Parental Leave Problem?

America is the only high-income country with no federal law requiring paid leave for new parents.

In 1993, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires larger employers and public agencies to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a new child. About 40 percent of workers are not protected because the law only requires companies with 50 or…


Added by Samantha Holquist on May 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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