I have to say my honest opinion even though it may be unpopular.
The place to focus our energies, now, is internally on what we can control rather than externally on what we do not control.
If we, as federal employees, were to join together and revitalize our brand – yes, our brand – then I think this could have a positive impact.
The way to revitalize a brand is to demonstrate unique and irreplaceable value over and above a commodity equivalent.
In short, to show that we are the best at what we do – that what we do is unique – that we are indispensable.
Railing at the system (right, wrong or indifferent) is a way of feeling better temporarily but not of achieving lasting inoculation against future such difficult situations.