Agency Helps Federal Workers Prepare for Stimulus Package

The Office of Personnel Management plans to help federal bureaucrats prepare for their role in implementing the recently passed stimulus package by hosting a seminar for federal personnel managers.

The March 3 inter-agency forum is billed as an "OPM Stimulus Support Initiative" designed to "strategize with agencies about potential approaches" to harnessing the federal employees needed to support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"Federal human capital professionals must be ready to help ensure that their agencies are able to meet the challenges caused by unprecedented demands on agency resources," said Kathie Ann Whipple, acting OPM director, in a memo to chief human capital officers.

You can read the entire memo here.

By Sara Goo  |  February 24, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  | Category:  Office of Personnel Management , stimulus
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As a federal employee, I find your nonchalant reference to "federal bureaucrats" somewhat offensive. "Bureaucrat" almost always has a negative connotation, suggesting a certain rigidity, lack of imagination, or a simple rote exercise of duties.

With the reality of a shrinking workforce and budget cuts, today's remaining Federal employees are anything but "bureaucrats". We constantly are asked to find innovative ways to deliver increasing levels of agency services even while our work force and budgets are being slashed.

This new reality necessitates that all Federal employees need to "think outside the box" in order to devise imaginative new solutions to the problems we face. While I acknowledge that not every Federal employee is an imaginative "free thinker" and that agencies do sometimes get bogged down in bureaucratic processes, this increasingly is the exception rather than the rule.

Posted by: dragongild | February 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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