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FY-Eye: IAmPublicService.org

By Ed O'Keefe

As more than 300,000 people seek employment with the Obama administration and Democratic interest groups use online tools to earn top government slots for their candidates, a trio of innovative Federal employees has banded together to share the stories of current rank-and-file folks.

IAmPublicService.org hopes to compile the stories of public sector employees and convey why they have devoted their careers to public service. (The short video clip above promos the project.)

"Government gets a bad rap. We want to promote positive success stories within government. We want to change the perception," according to co-founder Andy Krzmarzick, a senior project coordinator for Graduate School USDA. "If we do that effectively, we think we'll be able to attract the best and the brightest."

At USDA, Krzmarzick focuses on telework, Web 2.0 and social media, so the new Web site is a natural extension of his work. He built the site with Steven Mandzik a self-described "social web evangelist" and Steve Ressler, who earlier this year launched GovLoop.com, an impressive social networking site for government and other public sector employees.

Krzmarzick and Ressler met at a conference earlier this year and over beers pondered how they could develop ways to attract more younger people to public service. Earlier this month they "threw together the Web site in three to four days," Krzmarzick said, with the goal of having enough stories by Inauguration Day to publish an e-Book to share with Obama administration officials. More than a dozen stories have been submitted thus far and the trio may extend the deadline. The site has received stories from military wives, an employee of the San Francisco city attorney's office and an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who works for USDA.

If you're a local, state or federal government employee -- or someone who works closely with one -- and you're at the office with little to do during a Holiday week, submit your story and keep an Eye on this site -- it will likely become yet another way for government employees to effectively share stories and swap ideas.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 30, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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