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Daily Dose: Do You Feel Safe At Work?

Even though it’s been ten years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal employees still feel weary when they go to work. The DC Earthquake was a prime example, as many worried that it was not an earthquake, but indeed another attack on a nearby building.

This fear, however, has not kept federal employees out of their offices:

“Nine-eleven was an attack in every way as powerful for this generation as Pearl Harbor was to our parents,” said John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management. “Just as then, after the initial shock and grief wore off, America’s patriotic spirit inspired many to step forward and serve their nation and attempt to either make our country safer or contribute their talents in a way that would make the future brighter. Federal civil service was one powerful outlet for that impulse to find creative release on an unmatchable scale. I don’t know how to quantify that impact, but it is real, and undeniably positive.”

But the questions still remains…

Ten Years After 9/11, Are Federal Employees Safer In Their Workplaces?

Unfortunately, according to the article in The Washington Post, the answer is no. Even though federal employees have been more invested in trying to secure their workplaces, no significant change has occurred. With inconsistent training for guards and inefficient spending methods, there could be a lot more done to improve safety and security.

Do you feel safe at work? Have you noticed significant security changes since 9/11? What could be done better?


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