USAJOBS – Tell OPM What You Think
The Office of Personnel Management Director, Katherine Archuleta has asked for volunteers to identify issues they experience in using USAJOBS. Here’s the link to her announcement – http://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2014/8/26/Help-Us-Help-USAJOBS/. To volunteer you are instructed to ” Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, state of residence, and preferred email address.”
Telework is an excellent benefit to the federal workforce, in jobs where it is appropriate. It is also necessary that there be specific rules that govern teleworking and managerial oversight of staff that telework. As a manager, I have said that telework is a privilege, not a right. When you telework, you must work.
What seems to have happened at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with telework fraud seems to be a management oversight issue. Supervising is a tough job, but if you choose to be one, you must act like one.
I don’t want to see telework go away in the federal government. It works well when managed well.
Congress – What’s going on?
Congress has an immediate issue of what to do about The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
However, there are still actions awaiting their attention that have major impact on federal workers specifically and our nation overall – a federal budget, transportation infrastructure investment funding, for example. I’m sure you can name others.
Lots of work to be done before going off to campaign in full force. What do you think will get done by the end of this month?