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How to Approach Change and Transition (No Freakout Required)
Anxiety about all the changes happening now and that we know will happen at work in early 2021? Sasha Cohen O'Connell and Dr Amy Grubb, amazing public servants (FBI), academics and all around experts, are back on the podcast to deliver strategies for you to cope with the one constant in federal government right now: change.
Sasha mentioned the Mission is Possible Podcast in this episode. You can find it here:
OMB Personnel Getting F'd? - The Latest on Schedule F Mechanics and Why We Should All Calm Down
Tony Vergnetti is the President and Founder of Federal Employee Defense Services, Inc. (FEDS Protection) which has provided professional liability insurance coverage to the federal government employee and contractor community since 2007. He's literally the guy we go to for legal help when we're having issues. He discussed what OMB personnel and the rest of us should be watching/doing/thinking right now as some agencies move to implement the direction laid out in the Schedule F executive order. You can read the order here:
This week, Real Clear Politics published this article about a memo floating at OMB putting 88% of their personnel into schedule F. Personnel haven't been notified yet, but they're understandably concerned.
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To hear the original episode on schedule F, head to episode 57 here.
The Mechanics of Blowing the Whistle - What You Need To Know
The non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility helps protect public employees who protect our environment, natural resources and public health.
I interviewed attorney Paula Dinerstein, PEER’s Senior Counsel for 12 years, representing public employees who face interference with their work to protect the environment.
Just a small sample of her enormous range of work, which has tapped into the diverse knowledge of PEER clients who are the inside experts on the work of their agencies, has established important precedents to help whistleblowers hold agencies accountable, forced the Malibu School District to clean up toxic PCBs affecting students and teachers in the classroom, gotten the EPA to adopt lead-safe practices in renovation of older homes and schools, and stopped the US Navy from doing underwater tests that were destroying the marine environment.
She explains the mechanics of blowing the whistle and the boards and bodies you face to make your case if you're retaliated against.
What REALLY Happens to You When You Blow the Whistle
We all HOPE we never face a situation as a federal employee that requires us to blow the whistle on behavior that is illegal or just plan wrong. But many feds do end up in that situation and have no idea where to go. The hour long yearly training most of us get doesn't explain the expense, emotional toll and time suck that these cases generally become. Jackie Garrick knows just how taxing the process has been - she recently won her case before the Merit Systems Protection Board. After all she went through, she founded Whistleblowers of America to help others. Find more info here:
Master Your Health insurance Choices - Open Season Starts Nov 9th
Chris Kowalik knows Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and she's here to help you navigate through this year's open season, which starts November 9th and ends December 14th. Chris helps feds via courses she teaches and she trains financial planners to help folks like us, too. In this episode, she talks about how to compare plans and what you should consider before you make a change. She also discusses the number one mistake she sees in folks close to retirement.
The bonus PDF for this episode was offered as a non-proprietary support document at my department. I hope you find it helpful.
A Story of Unity - REAL Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion
A friend who works at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency reached out to me months ago about the good work her leadership was doing to promote honest conversations about diversity and inclusion. This episode should have come out MONTHS ago. But due to scheduling and technical issues, it's coming to you during election week 2020, and perhaps this message is exactly what we all need right now. In this episode, Willisa Donald discusses how her office handled diversity and inclusion before and after the executive order on training, how the DTRA director and Ms. Donald's team facilitated REAL talk around hard issues, and how you can do it in your federal agency/department, too.
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Very useful resource for current feds
Love Rutledge has created a constructive podcast series that is not only value-added for federal employees but offers endless possibility. In the sessions I’ve heard so far, the value has consisted of increased savvy about major players in the good-government ecosystem (GAO, Partnership for Public Service) - what they’re doing and why - which will help the big-picture thinkers understand and navigate. These interviews have the added benefit of enabling astute listeners to identify potential career opportunities for themselves. Other titles show that helpful advice is another stream of value.
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