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Confessions of a Government Man – Revisited

Four years ago I posted my first GovLoop blog, shortly after the publication of my book of career memoirs. Of the 49 blogs I’ve posted in total, the first was one of the most popular. GovLoop has grown geometrically since then so I thought I would repost it as number 50 with just a few minor updates.

 

I always add a qualifier. Although I poke fun of a few and offer tongue-in-cheek commentary, I was very serious about my career and loved every minute of my government…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on July 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

The New GSA Scandal - or How to Highlight Stupidity

I hate to blow my own horn but all those nasty things I said about the created GSA scandal of 2012 in my GovLoop blogs and You Tube extravaganzas turned out to be true. The presidential election is…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on March 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

State of the Union and The Rolling Stones

I've been quite for a while. Time for some fun stuff.

 

What do the Rolling Stones have to do with the State of the Union address?  For me, quite a bit.

 

In my book,…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on January 29, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

"On My Watch" - Martha Johnson's Book About Her GSA Time (and the GSA Scandal)

The Thanksgiving lull was a good time for me to read On My Watch.

 

I had retired well before Martha Johnson became GSA Administrator. I was there however, in a high level position, when she was Chief of Staff to GSA Administrator David Barram. During Mr. Barram's administration, GSA, in my opinion, underwent the most dramatic cultural change in its history. The agency went from a…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on December 2, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Martha Johnson's Book About GSA

So now former administrator Martha Johnson has written a book about her days at GSA. More power to her. I haven't read the book yet but I'm sure it's a good read, especially for ex-GSA junkies like me.  My comments are not  intended as a knock against Ms. Johnson, but are more about the system with which she was saddled. 

      This is presumably a management and leadership book, at least according to its Amazon…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on October 29, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Government Can Save Dollars by Eliminating Pennies (and Why it Will Never Happen)

(Author’s Note! My comments are a bit tongue-in-cheek, although with a lot of underlying truths based on my career experiences.  Please consider it fun stuff. I loved my career!)

During a recent trip to Canada I noticed that each time I received change it was rounded to the nearest nickel. At first I thought it was just an expediency but then I learned that Canada had eliminated pennies from cash transactions earlier this year. Makes sense.

The US would save big time by doing…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on September 4, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

"I Wish I Had the Kind Of Job You Think I Have"

 

There has been too much fed-bashing these days by politicians and the media, much of which has tarnished the perception of the federal employee. We have found out which elected officials are our friends and which are using the feds as fodder for their political grandstanding and campaigning.

 

Among the many ridiculous pieces of legislation that our dysfunctional Congress and Senate are considering, is the Stop Government Abuse Act (H.R. 2879) which will provide a…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on August 7, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The Government Man vs. the Judiciary

 

The Government Man has been quiet lately. I'm running out of things to say about the non-scandal involving my long time employer, GSA.  I have plenty more to say about our dysfunctional Congress but I'll give it a rest for a while.  Feds have enough on their minds these days, given sequestration and furlough issues (created, by the way, by the aforementioned Congress because of their inability to pass a budget).

 

            It's time for some more fun stuff from my…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 8, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Is Our Illustrious Congress Trying to Bury A Smoking Gun…..Again?

"The Government Man" has been quiet lately but an obscure news release over the weekend pushed my buttons again about one of my favorite topics, our ineffective and morally lacking Congress.

 

Buried in the news on a Saturday before New Year's weekend, the slowest media day of the week, if not the year, was a release that the…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on January 2, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Government Man Talks About GSA's Response to Hurricane Sandy

 

I have been using this blog as a forum for satirical commentary concerning some elected officials and certain components of my former lifetime employer, GSA. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no humor to be found in discussing Hurricane Sandy, one of the great disasters of a lifetime.…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on November 5, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments

The Government Man and the Silent Man

 

How do you communicate with someone you don't talk to?

 

This is some more fun stuff excerpted from my book,Confessions of a Government Man. Underlying the levity, however, was a serious personnel management issue. Have any of you faced a similar situation?

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on October 9, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Goverment Man Talks About the GSA Scandal (Again) and the Inspector General - Some Fun Stuff

My last few blogs departed from the fun stuff from Confessions and shifted to some caustic commentary about the GSA scandal with just a few barbs pointed at the Office of the Inspector General. My…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on September 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Government Man Reflects on 9/11

This is basically a repeat of the blog I posted last 9/11.

 

On the eleventh anniversary of the worst day in the history of this country the Government Man will dispense with the usual satire and comedy. Poking fun at what people take seriously is something I enjoy doing but there is nothing funny about 9/11.



Since it has become fashionable to trash and bash govies these days I will reflect upon the marvelous job my fellow feds did responding to 9/11. I was a…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on September 10, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

The Government Man on the GSA Scandal (Again) – No Apologies

I was hoping that I could stop commenting on the GSA scandal and get back to some of the fun stuff from Confessions. Well, just when you think the dragon has been slain it rears its ugly head again. Notwithstanding my prior opinions, the GSA scandal is not over after all – in fact it’s gathering more…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on August 7, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Government Man - Some (Hopefully) Final Words About the GSA Ex-Scandal

The Government Man has been pretty quiet lately, save for an occasional blog or You Tube posting. The GSA scandal has been long out of the news.

 

My insiders tell me that GSA has taken disciplinary action against those implicated in the alleged wrongdoing. As I said before, I am not attempting to defend those who made unconscionable decisions in this episode, but I will defend those who were railroaded for a political show or who did not receive due…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on June 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Government Man is Back - What ever happened to the GSA scandal?

My blog posts on the GSA so-called scandal and my first You Tube posting received plenty of attention so I figured I would follow it up with more good cheer.  I hope my message got across and reason is starting to prevail.

 

What happened to the GSA scandal? It’s barely in the news anymore – even the Washington Post seems to have forgotten about it.  No more hearings. I kind of miss the hearings because I love bad acting. No more people being put on administrative leave pending…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on May 23, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Government Man Discusses the GSA Scandal - Part Three

The media frenzy over the peccadillos of a few GSA people has quieted a bit, thanks to the Secret Service scandal. The issue, of course, will be a political battle of grandstanding for a while. It's easier for the committees to relate to the cost of Beef Wellington and Monte Cristo sandwiches than the national debt. The GSA problems will be resolved but not soon forgotten.

 

Rather than another blog on this - there's not that much new to report - I posted a video on…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 25, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Government Man Discusses the GSA Scandal - Part Two

Well, I must admit that I took a bit of heat for my initial post on this subject.  My general position stands  although much more has surfaced  in the last week and this gets uglier by the day.  I doubt whether anyone initially expected this to go viral.

 

I’ll repeat in no uncertain terms that I do not condone reckless spending and inappropriate behavior at taxpayer expense.  My record at GSA supports that. Check out my Dorobek…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Government Man Discusses the GSA Scandal

I am sure that I will annoy more than a few people with my take on the matter.

 

Most of my prior posts were intended as fun items, and were based on the book I wrote about my experiences in my 38 years with GSA. This post, however, is quite serious because things are getting ugly with the GSA scandal.

 

I am a retired GSA senior executive.…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 9, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

More From the Government Man - What You See (and Hear) is Not Always What You Get

Today's blog is a little less on humor and more on commentary. Consider it a primer for interpreting some of the political fluff the public will be subject to in this election year.

 

     Those who have read my book, Confessions of a Government Man, or listened to my meanderings, know that I have an absolute disdain for orchestrated comments coming from politicians and government agencies (which are run by…

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Added by Alan L. Greenberg on January 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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