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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 4, 2013
INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1 Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEWS DIGEST (ISSN 1065-0970) is published weekly except first week in January and last week in December by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Annual subscription rate is: US $99. Subscription inquiries and customer service: Mail to: Federal Employees News Digest, PO Box 15428, N. Hollywood, CA 91615-5428, customerservice@feder- aldaily.com or call (800) 989-3363, fax (818) 487-4550. © Copyright 2013 by 1105 Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproductions or distribution in whole or part prohibited except by site license or reprint purchase. The information in this newsletter has not undergone any formal testing by 1105 Media, Inc. and is dis- tributed without any warranty expressed or implied. Implementation or use of any information contained herein is the reader's sole responsibility. While the information has been reviewed for accuracy, there is no guarantee that the same or similar results may be achieved in all environments. Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. February 4, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 27 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com The suspicious political team also quickly turned most of the media folks who covered the agency against them. Career employees who would have nor- mally saved the politicals from bad pub- licity instead became sources and helped generate it. In the end, when the politicals were kicked out of their jobs, they could truly say that most of the career staffers really did hate them. Whether they were prudent or wacky, their actions were unusual. Most political appointees don't act that way and don't come into the job with such a heavy dis- trust (and dislike) of career civil servants and the government. In fact, when they leave, many of them go out of their way to praise the career people they met and worked with. They do this even though they don't have to, and in some cases it means admitting they, initially, were wrong about bloated and/or pointy- headed bureaucrats. on the other hand Some cabinet types or politicals who move on to bigger and better jobs---or into the world of elective politics---shower the ultimate praise on their federal subordi- nates: They try to take them with them to help them achieve their new goals. Some years ago, the second in com- mand at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a top Commerce Department official persuaded a number of long-time government workers to come with them as they moved and up and into the corporate world. It's also happened at the Departments of Defense, Energy and Veterans Affairs. Some people predict that this sort of cherry-picking of top civil service talent will happen again. They predict that this will happen when outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton starts to assemble her team to seek the 2014 Democratic nomination. Some so-called insiders say she's already selected some feds that she will tap when the time comes. This could prove interesting if Vice President Joe Biden does the same. He's had long experience---as a senator from Delaware---with both political and career federal executives and specialists. He's known to have a high regard for many of them, and could ask some of them to help out when the campaigning for the next presidential nomination begins in earnest. back to the present But that's all in the future. The question for today is: How do you make the cut and survive your next political boss? We asked Senior Executive Association President Carol Bonosaro for some survival guide- lines. Which are: • In preparing briefing materials, make them as comprehensive as necessary, but not overwhelming. Remember, the appointee will have a lot of paper to plow through. • Be sure to alert them to any hot-button issues or major decisions awaiting their attention, so they're not blindsided. • Make an effort to learn the appointee's style and preferences early on; it doesn't hurt to ask. • Recognize that they have a political agenda, with a short time to accomplish it, while you most likely have a longer- term view. • When you bring unpleasant news or advice regarding restrictions, be pre- pared to be seen as less than helpful. • Remember that, no matter how hard you try or how well you do, you and your new boss may not mesh and it may be wise to accept a reassignment in the end. By the way, if you want a look at where the nearly 8,000 political jobs are, how many are in your agency and the names of the incumbents (as of last December), they are all listed in "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions," also known as the Plum Book: http://www.gpo. gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/ content-detail.html.
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