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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 30, 2013
September 30, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 11 3 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com brothers and sisters, who are already hurting from the Sequester, pay freeze, and furloughs." "We need to demand that Congress 'Stop the Shutdown and Stop the Sequester,'" the website said. The site offers a number of features to help members and other federal employees to do just that, with many informational features beyond the "Congressional Toolkit" on how to "spread the word on social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc." The International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers---which also represents thou- sands of federal employees, from the Government Accountability Office to NASA---offered some of the strongest language against the partisan fight over ACA and a shutdown's consequences. "Threatening to close the government in order to placate a few reckless anarchists is blackmail and has no business in the democratic process," IFPTE President Gregory J. Junemann said in a letter to Congress. "Legitimate concerns with the ACA should be resolved by convincing a majority in both Houses of Congress and the President to accept tailored reforms through the normal legislative process." Leaders warn of consequences "A government shutdown would mean fed- eral employees get thrown under the bus yet again because Congress can't figure out a way to get along and pass a budget," NFFE's Dougan told FEND. "A government shutdown would hurt the pub- lic, federal employees and their agencies," NTEU's Kelley told FEND. "For the public: ordinary Americans will suffer from the loss of government services they need and depend upon," Kelley continued. "For federal employees---many of whom already have served unpaid furlough days because of sequestration--- will once again be faced with uncertainty and anxiety over how they will make ends meet." "Federal employees are middle class work- ers who live paycheck to paycheck," Kelley said. "Additional unpaid furloughs are very harmful to federal workers and their families, as well as their communities." Kelley followed up her immediate concerns about reductions in services for the public and loss of pay for feds with longer-term concerns about damage to an already-strained political system. "Shutting most or at least a significant portion of government not only would deprive Americans of important services, it would serve to lessen public confidence in their government," Kelley told FEND. continued from page 1 Don’t miss our discussion of weekly news topics. Discuss these stories and more with your fellow federal workers at www.FederalSoup.com. continued on page 4 Finally, Kelley pointed out, even the threat of a shutdown creates enormous waste. "For federal agencies, the costs of preparing for a shutdown---even if one does not occur---cut deeply into their resources which already are strained," she said. NFFE, too, highlighted both the dysfunction- ality of the budgeting process today, and the hardships that will hit feds if political Washington doesn't come to terms. "Congress just can't seem to put politics aside for a moment to do the most basic thing they were sent to Washington to do: keep the government running," NFFE's Dougan told FEND. "Federal workers have already endured fur- loughs, layoffs, cuts to retirement, and years of frozen pay," Dougan said. "Now there's a good chance they will have to endure a government shutdown as well." "This is a very difficult time to be a federal employee," Dougan said.. Telework's next steps: More mobile, social, big data & ... BYOD? This week, Cindy Auten, general manager of the public-private partnership Mobile Work Exchange, talks with FEND's Nathan Abse about the latest in telework in the federal workplace. The group conducts research and advocacy on the increasingly mobile workplace in government--- for example, recently developing a Telework ROI Calculator web tool to highlight telework's value and hosting a Town Hall Meeting in September featuring over 20 top telework experts. Q&A with Cindy Auten, telework advocate How is federal telework coming along? Auten: What's interesting is how rapidly tele- work is progressing. At our most recent town hall, what I heard about most is how agencies are adapting to the growing "bring your own device"---or BYOD---model in telework. Rob Anderson, Chief HQMC C4/CV Vision and Strategy Division with the Marine Corps, shared his version of the BYOD model, one that he calls "fully owned, corporate enabled." This means that your mobile devices can run on two entirely different systems on the device. The data never crosses over, or interacts---it never spills from the corporate container to the personal container. It's not particularly expensive and it can work---and Rob showed that he is making it work in a very secure fashion. What do you think this dual use will mean---and can it work? Auten: This idea of two systems---work- ing separately in one device---[and making it actually work] is pure innovation. If you talk to any security person about BYOD, they will tell you it's a tough nut to crack. They will say it's not quite ready. But others---Rob Anderson and people like him---are advancing BYOD, finding that it can be a very secure model, enabling greater mobility. The Marine Corps, obviously needs very secure classified data. The discussion to have is not really about focusing on the device, but on the data. The model should not be BYOD, but "SYOD"---"Secure your own data!" Focus on the data, not the device. Yes, increasingly we see personally- owned devices used for work data---but the question is: how to secure that data? Auten: Absolutely. And another noteworthy set of issues was highlighted by the Assistant Director for Science and Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Rick Holgate, who focused on convergence of the major milestones in digital government strategy. That's mobile, social, big data and cloud computing---all coming togeth- er, changing how we think about getting work done---how we deliver services and manage employees. Can you tell us where this leads? Auten: We have to focus on a new, open data model. We need to expose and share data more with citizens and with one another. Less work- ing in "silos," as in the past, much more sharing appropriate information and services across the federal government. What are some managerial and security impacts of the new model? Auten: With employees---and data---mov-
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