Time to get back at it.
The federal workforce may be coming upon yet another challenging period. A new administration enters into power in a few days. Many civil servants don’t really know what will happen. Any change of administration brings some sense of unease. Such is the life. It’s like no other career in America. Well; state, local and federal civil servants are in the same position. Federal civil servants may be more visible from a national perspective. And ultimately easily targetted.
As a long time civil servant and current retiree, I have been through many such administrations. Some with big changes. Others not so much. During this traditional transition period, many political appointees have already moved on. During these transitions, the career civil servants end up taking on leadership in their organizations to ensure the continuance of programs and projects that must remain uninterrupted for the safety, health, security and over all wellbeing of America here and abroad.
This seemingly thankless role must be carried out. Every change of administration requires it.
This one is no different. Then after the swearing-in, the new leadership roles in and takes over sending those who held down the fort back into normal duty until the next time. Maybe they will be taken to lunch or given an award of some sort. Typically they are patted on the head and sent back to their own offices and responsibilities. A few may even get a chance to remain among the new senior leadership.
This process is not a bad thing really. Anyone becoming a civil servant must understand the uniqueness of their career choice. It is still well worth it to become one. I have never regretted it. Service to your country is like nothing else at all.
Never forget this. Civil servants everywhere serve their country, state and local community. Appreciate them.
An added bonus –
Please, take time to read what the Food and Drug Administration does for you.
FDA in the news – Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017