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March 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm #176936
Thanks for the post. I have bristled at the term for years. Depending on the circumstance, “operator” may be an accurate term for people who use technology. Client and customer also work in many circumstances.
May 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm #162592
When I first started working for the federal government I was astonished how hard people worked and how dedicated they were to the mission. Working extra hours either at work or at home seem relatively common among highly motivated employees. With mobile technology and virtualization, many people find working outside the office just as or more productive.
May 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm #160727
I am not sure why you suspect “an organizational campaign to find and persecute messengers.” Are there facts that you are leaving out? Though I have not been involved with the MSPB in their quasi-judicial role, I have found MSPB reports useful. Also I would say it is past time for a review after 33 years.
December 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm #148216
Does anyone have experience with this question in a research environment? Much of the coding work is built on MATLAB as part of the research process to test hypotheses, collect data, or provide a proof of concept. It is not intended to scale to other organizational units and would need to be reworked on other platforms if the research suggest an application that could develop and become commercialized or broadly adopted. In some cases the coding is for specific labortory instruments so has no enterprise application though it could be of benefit to other laboratories with the same equipment conducting simular research.
October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm #143028
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed communities of practice for technical disciplines to help a dispersed workforce build competency. For a copy of the order establishing the discipline see the Technical Career Tracks Program. For a description of different disciplines, see this page from the Western Federal Lands Division Office.
September 9, 2011 at 11:24 am #140556
For your boss: taking planned leave provides an opportunity for developmental assignments and improves continuity of operations for unplanned events.
May 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm #129545
For asynchonous interactions with internal groups, MicroSoft SharePoint is popular. Professional groups I work with often use Google applications (groups, sites, moderator, docs, etc.). Other groups use Ning-based sites. Still others are using HubZero and PB Works.
For remote, synchonous interactions, we or our partners use Adobe Connect, WebEx, and GoToMeeting.
March 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm #124795
There are no visual clues on who should speak so try not to address questions to everyone. Ask “is there anyone who did not hear the last point?” rather than asking “did everyone hear the last point ok?” Or ask a specific person or group. For large meetings, I may see if there were questions by time zone: “does anyone in central time want to comment?”
February 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm #123605
As a former officer in a local government employee association, I fel that we provided a great benefit not only for the employees but for the elected officials, their appointees and the people they represented by provided a knowledge, continuity, and focual point for discussing employment issues. While the city was not required to bargin collectively, they did. It took a lot of effort outside of my job to learn about the legal issues, job elements, histories, and stories of the many people who worked throughout the agency.
January 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm #119503
I am pleased to recommend the sessions below, that either I or my colleagues helped put together
Workshop number 106, Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) for Bridge Maintenance, on Sunday, January 23 from 9:00AM- 12:00PM in the Marriott. The public sector has invested significant effort in developing NDE and structural health monitoring tools suitable for objective condition assessment of highways and bridges. This workshop addresses use of NDE as a tool for bridge maintenance and asset management. It is designed for stakeholders, practitioners, and researchers and focuses on three key aspects of NDE: tools and technologies; best fit for maintenance and preservation; and barriers to implementation in the bridge management program. I will be discussing leveraging research resources and accelerating discovery in NDE to improve bridge infrastructure asset management. The workshop is sponsored by the Transportation Asset Management (ABC40) , Field Testing and Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Transportation Structures (AFF40) , Structures Maintenance (AHD30), and Bridge Management (AHD35) Committees.
Workshop number 176, International Collaboration: The Why and How to Achieve Results, on Sunday, January 23 from 1:30PM- 4:30PM in the Hilton. This “how-to” workshop focuses on best practices for working together more effectively among international partners. Roles of state departments of transportation in the U.S., federal agencies, professional associations, European transport authorities, and TRB will be examined. The workshop presents lessons learned and tools (e.g., collaborative agreements, program management structures, and joint funding mechanisms) for collaboration on projects from inception to implementation.
Poster session 324, Search, Discovery, and Current Awareness: New and Innovative Uses of Online Research Tools in Transportation Research and Implementation, on Monday, January 24, from 1:30PM- 5:30PM in the Hilton.
Panel session 542, Research Implementation, Moving from Ideas to Implementation, on Tuesday, January 25, from 1:30PM- 3:15PM in the Hilton, and panel session, 584, Being Smart About Intellectual Property Rights: Use and Impact for Researchers and Practitioners on Tuesday, January 25, from 3:45PM- 5:30PM in the Hilton.
Poster session 553, TRB’s IDEA Programs: Sponsoring Innovation in Transportation, on Tuesday, January 25, from 2:30PM- 5:00PM in the Marriott.
Poster session 659, Looking Towards the Horizon: Research Results from FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program, on Wednesday, January 26, from 8:00AM- 12:00PM in the Hilton.
January 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm #118785
Getting into government is tough. Competition for entry level positions is tough with hundreds of candidates for every postion. I have experienced this at both the federal and local levels. My advice is look for temporary programs, career internships programs, research fellowships, etc. if you can while still in school. You will become more familiar with government organizations and gain relevant experience. Work in the not-for-profit sector also is a great opportunity for gaining relevant experience as is a position for any organization that provides government functions under contract, agreement or grant award.
In showcasing your experience talk about what you accomplished and why it mattered. For example, I handled 50 cases in one year and decreased the number of cases waiting for review by 20 percent. Or as a result I was cited for providing great customer service and here is what I did for Ms. T. Be specific but do not expect the person to know program details or acronyms. You need to make the story compelling with limited explanation. It is an art. Practice and be satisfied knowing the more experience with preparing applications and being interviewed the more comfortable and prepared you will be the next time.
Finally, I would agree with Mark, that timing or luck plays an important role. You can not control who else is applying or who is making the hiring decision. For my first government job, the first time I applied I did not get an interview. The agency ended up not liking anyone they interviewed and re-opened the position. I then got an interview and was hired. At the same time I had three interviews for another local agency and was ranked second against three seperate canditates. Rather than getting frustrated I tried to concentrate on each application and interview as a learning experience.
December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm #116544
I am very happy in my position and can manage financially. I do not work for government because of the pay, benefits, or security. I work for government because I believe in the mission.
I am concerned, however, that the pay freeze will have an impact on critical government functions. It already is difficult to hire qualified applicants for technical positions in the Washington, DC area. I expect that there are similar difficulties in other areas (Atlanta or Boston perhaps). Candidates can earn more and right now more importantly are finding positions in the private sector. If it were not for employment losses at the state level, where we have found a number of recent good candidates, it would be difficult filling many positions. (Of course the losses in state government still make it harded to accomplish our mission since states are a key partner in program delivery.)
I understand it is difficult to have a nuanced discussion on goverment pay, but it is important that the public understand that there are vacant technical positions with few qualified candidates, and the vacancies are impacting critical government functions. Like the Partnership for Public Service has created campaigns around high performing government employees, perhaps it is time to a campaign around high profile vacant positions.
October 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm #111251
The government has multiple goals, monetary or fiscal efficiency being only one. As a government employee I have a committment to provide an opportunity for all members of the public to engage in a dialogue about policies, programs, and services. True, there are many cases where effective engagement will increase efficiency in the provision of services or reduce legal or political risk. More important is understanding the difference between government and commerce, the public and customers, as it applies to engagement and dialogue.
September 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm #83463
My best travel advice is to avoid afternoon and evening flights during the summer. Thunderstroms can cause systematic disruption leading to delays and cancellation of flights.
July 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm #105633
Federal agencies can hold and license patents but not copyrights. As research moves from physical to virtual testing with results as data or software code, it has become increasingly difficult for government to value and manage the impacts of research. Government does not need to own or create revenue from the rights but is responsible for ensuring that they are publically available and useful.