In our organization we had to write our SOP and make a turn over jacket. We took a week long class at another base several yrs ago. Most of it was based on mission….PD specific and what David Dean pointed out. In fed service everything you do is “spelled out” . If you have an idea to share on how to build a better mouse trap as a GS7….you tell your supervisor and he/she will point you to the DoD DoN regulation that reads “no can do”. There is a set work practice…a set number of hours to work. Lunch and breaks are set. Shifts are set. Hierarchy within the Directorate are regulated. There are titles and that is not going away anytime soon. It would be like throwing a deck of cards in the air. We work…in my case to support the military. We work when they work….we are open for business based on their needs. I find it difficult to understand. …..not being mean or anything. …for folks on GovLoop to understand that this “is the way it is”. As a newbie fed over 10 yrs ago I thought the way DoN procures goods…supplies was insane. I was immediately handed the regulation from the contracting office stating….NAVSUP xxxxx….para 4 section c….reads goods and supplies will be procured this way. I just rolled with it. Yeah it takes mountain of paper and outdated forms…..but that is the way it is. And if m illennials think that is going to change they are whistling up a rope.
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