Open Thread: State of the Union Address

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    Stephen Peteritas

    Tonight is the President Obama’s State of the Union address. As govies I’m sure we’ll all have opinions on the topics he’ll cover, the new ideas he’ll throw out and yes the campaigning (election year) he’ll do.

    Let’s make this discussion a central location to chat about the address on GovLoop. Remember opinions are welcome but personal attacks ARE NOT. Keep it clean, and lets enjoy the SOTU together on GovLoop!

  • #150745

    Shannon Kennedy

    With all the talk of the election, I’m very interested to see what he presents for his campaign.

  • #150743

    Steve Ressler

    Couple hours away…loving the landing page they put together

  • #150741

    Steve Ressler

    Couple thoughts:

    -Immigration Reforms – what does that meet for USCIS? If we pass reform, there’s a ton of work to process all those new applications
    -Trade Enforcement Unit – where does the unit reside? Are these new employees or just a rebranding?

  • #150739

    Steve Ressler

    New Financial Crimes Unit…assuming resides in CFPB? Wonder if staffed up yet

  • #150737

    Candace Riddle

    Had to laugh about the earlier comment regarding “cutting through the maze of training programs”. Granted Obama was talking technical skills in the private sector, but I wonder if he’s taken a look at the “maze” of training programs for acquisition professionals in the Federal Gov. The “maze” and non-transferability of acquisition certifications between various agencies was one of the number one discussions at Next Gen ’11 roundtable discussions last summer.

  • #150735

    Megan Dotson

    I thought the exact same thing when he said that. Maybe we can give him notes after this year’s NextGen or better yet invite him to hear it first hand 🙂 All in all, it should theoretically be easier to fix it within government before you can fully understand how to fix the entire nation’s educational system – but I think both can happen simultaneously…and should!

  • #150733

    Deb Green

    I’d fire the speechwriter who came up with the spilled milk joke. 🙂 Seemed inappropriately out of context with the rest of the speech.

  • #150731

    Candace Riddle

    Absolutely it should! I just read a ton of literature today on capacity and capability building. One of the keys to sustaining growth in the capacity area is to standardize certain professional skills (i.e. the capability). Anything other than that is just bad succession planning and unsustainable organizational practice.

  • #150729

    Alex Moll

    Not so fast; at least inside the viewing auditorium, of which half (150 people total) were citizens from around country, laughed at the wit of it and even gave a round of applause! I actually thought it was witty and brilliant. To me, it made the President look super confident.

  • #150727

    Interesting point – the sentence just prior to that line was interesting:

    “Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers – places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.”

    This is probably another thread, but it would be interesting to explore a better partnership between government and community colleges for job training. I know that when I was managing a project at Warner Robins AFB in the middle of Georgia, there was a strategic link between the base and the local community college. My organization (a quasi-government educational institution) supplemented their technical training with soft skills courses, mostly for officers.

  • #150725

    Corey McCarren

    As someone who minored in Communication Studies, I pay close attention to his nonverbals (tone, bodylanguage, ect), which, as always, were impressive and appropriate. As far as content, watching the State of the Union Address usually makes me feel hopeful, and I think he made a lot of key points that I agreed with. I do believe that Obama works to stop gridlock in Washington, and that was a huge theme throughout his speech.

    Now, as someone who majored in Political Science, I try to look at what type of comments Boehner claps to as well as other easily identifiable Republicans (Cantor, ect). I wasn’t taking notes, but it’s sometimes very unexpected.

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    We were impressed with the emphasis on results and performance management. Is a leaner government mean more efficiency? I would like to hear the thoughts.

  • #150721

    Allison Primack

    I follow Twitter Government, and apparently the most “#SOTU” tweets came in during the spilled milk joke… 14,131 tweets at 9:51pm ET! The runner-up was 13,956 after the innovation and Steve Jobs references.

  • #150719

    Natalie Jennings

    Hey guys – I work for the Washington Post, and we’re collecting your thoughts on the State of the Union for a blog post later this week. Have anything you want to say that’s fit to print? Tell me in this post or on Twitter using the hashtag #Fedbuzz:

  • #150717

    Jaime Gracia

    I don’t think the problem is as acute as security clearances. FAI certifications are certainly agency agnostic, or at least the design should be that way (i.e. FAC/C and FAC P/PM). May DAU courses that are targeted for Defense personnel for DAWIA certifications are used towards FAI as well.

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    local gov frequently depends on community college/ adult vocational programs for training specific to gov. functions in many different areas. They can assist in the standardization of curriculum and instruction. That can help build and maintain capacity fairly inexpensivley.

  • #150713

    Candace Riddle

    Same thing is happening in Augusta, GA right now. There is a link between the local community college and the new Vogtle Nuclear Power Units 3 & 4 (which by the way is getting a lot of Federal dollars). Anyhow, the local community college has already began teaching courses to certify future operators for the plant.

  • #150711

    Candace Riddle

    Not always. Leaner in terms of dollars spent (maybe)…leaner in terms of workforce (I’m not sold). I’ve seen many organizations lean down in terms of workforce over the past few years. I’m just now beginning to see this affect efficiency. Many people are becoming so overtaxed with multi-tasking that nothing is receiving the attention that it deserves and many things are slipping through the cracks because people simply do not have time. We’re doing 50% more work with 20% less workforce. That is not efficient if it is not done right.

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