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FY-Eye: 'Great Work in Our Own Words'

By Ed O'Keefe

Take a moment today to check out a new e-book that is packed with the stories of rank-and-file federal employees: "I Am Public Service: Great Work in Our Own Words" is designed to inspire the next generation of public servants. It's the work of Andrew Krzmarzick and Steve Ressler, who first told The Eye about the project in late December.

"Government gets a bad rap. We want to promote positive success stories within government. We want to change the perception," Krzmarzick said at the time. "If we do that effectively, we think we'll be able to attract the best and the brightest." Krzmarzick and Ressler met at a conference last year and over beers pondered how they could develop ways to attract more younger people to public service.

The e-book profiles 34 federal staffers, including Nancy Roddy, who moved with her husband to an Army base in South Korea.

"I decided to go along even though I was not command sponsored. While at the base in Korea, I applied for my first government job. I wound up as a switchboard operator on a temporary assignment....I served DoD for over 15 years in many different capacities. No matter what my job title, I knew that my efforts supported the fighting forces and their dependents."

Read the book and submit your story for future editions.

Know of any good news articles, speeches, presentations or books worth sharing here on the blog? Send your suggested FY-Eyes to federaleye@washingtonpost.com.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  FY-Eye, Workplace Issues  
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