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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on December 2, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on October 29, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
(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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 8, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
"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…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on November 5, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments
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?
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on October 9, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on September 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on September 10, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on August 7, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 25, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on January 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
In my last blog I posted another excerpt from my book, Confessions of a Government Man. It was part one about a quirky character named Calvin Coolidge Coburn. You might want to check the previous blog for a little background.
When we left CCC he was somewhat in an inebriated state and had gotten himself into still another jam while purportedly managing a construction project in Buffalo, New…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on December 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
First, a brief commercial.
At he risk of being accused of blowing my own horn, my book, Confessions of a Government Man, would be an ideal gift for any govie, past present and future. Check out my website for more information. …Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on December 13, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
In my book, Confessions of a Government Man, I offer some tongue-in-cheek negotiating advice. My chapter on negotiating is appropriately called, The Sport of Negotiating, not only because negotiating is a sport to some, but because I draw many lessons from the sporting world.
In one of…Continue
Added by Alan L. Greenberg on November 7, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments