U.S. Forest Service faces civil right claims in Colorado, N.M. Read more: U.S. Forest Service faces civil right claims in Colorado, New Mexico

Here’s the link and below is an excerpt. For those tracking what papers (local, regional, national) publish what articles, this is from the Denver Post. The Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association has sent a letter to Vilsack and a White House senior policy adviser in response to a federal review that shows the U.S. Forest …

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FS Office of Communication Investigation FOIA Request

For those not following the missing, but now found, Forest Service employee contact information (started as a post by Andy Stahl and most recently updated here), Billy Schneider sent this in. While relevant to that thread, it also seemed interesting on its own. Here’s the link he sent and below is an excerpt. This is …

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Employee Search To Be Restored

An employee sent me this link which gives some temporary links.. Employee Search Temporarily Unavailable Our Employee Search capability is currently offline. We are working to restore this service and hope to have it back as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. It’s good to find out the answer, …

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USDA Gets A for Plain Writing

As a veteran of several bouts of regulation writing, I think the idea in the Government Executive piece below for plain English regulation is great. I always suggested we start with the policy ideas in plain English, get those hashed out, and then convert to legalisms required in rule language. Unfortunately, that’s not the way …

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Welcome Back, Feds!

It was great to hear your voices again … we missed you :)! Had the occasion to call a Supervisor’s Office.. told the receptionist that I was glad to have them back and I appreciate their service. Please consider doing suchlike when you talk to your favorite Fed (or even a random one you happen …

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WATCHDOG: The post where we say nice things about the Forest Service

from the Rapid City Journal here. WATCHDOG: The post where we say nice things about the Forest Service Print Email 18 hours ago • Joe O’Sullivan Journal staff “The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.” ~ H.L. Mencken It’s surreal to …

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Privatization vs. Insourcing

Thanks to Kitty Benzar for this link … Below is an excerpt. The most commonly reported reason for insourcing is inadequate service quality, followed by inadequate cost savings. Using 2002 and 2007 survey data from the International City/County Management Association, researchers examined why city managers decided to bring previously privatized services back in-house. In both …

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Kissing the Past Gently Good-bye

Yesterday I spent the day doing other things, so didn’t see Bob’s post on the Tinder Box book until last night. We have posted on the book before (last October, even with a photo on the cover) with some interesting discussion here. Here is a bit of my take and another side. But as folks …

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Federal workers would get cash for pinpointing government savings

Thanks to an alert reader for this submission: Hope there is a panel of (volunteer) externals to review these for each agency..otherwise we’ll we might have suggestions like “answering the phone even less often when federal retirees call OMB..” I think the FS might have done something like this during the Pilot period. It was …

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