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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Forest Service Inflamed By Brooklyn Anti-Fracking Artist’s Smokey the Bear

Really.. she said it was in a national park and the Voice also said it was in a national park??? Editor, where art thou, editor? Here’s the link and below is an excerpt: As a kid raised by environmentalists, she grew up with him, she says, and feels a particular connection to the affable, but …

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Don’t Mess with the Forest Service: Char Miller

This is from High Country News, Writers on the Range, here. Below is an excerpt: In a one-sentence release April 4, the department granted the Forest Service an exemption to its One Brand directive. You could hear the hosannas from agency retirees and staffers a mile off. Every other department in Agriculture, however, has had …

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“Seeking the Greatest Good” Documentary on PBS

Just received this from the retirees’ network, some of the dates have already passed… Here is a link to the site where you can see a promo for it and type in your zip code to see if it has been scheduled. Here are some listings.. New Hampshire Public Television: April 20, 8pm Pittsburgh, PA …

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“Politicization” and the Forest Service: What Do We Mean?

Relevant Maxims Use the press first, last, and all the time if you want to reach the public. Get rid of the attitude of personal arrogance or pride of attainment or superior knowledge. Don’t try any sly or foxy politics, because a forester is not a politician. Ed raised this issue in our discussion of …

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Forest Service Gets to Keep Pine Tree Logo, But Controversy Points to Larger Problem: By Char Miller

I, too, think there’s something creepy about the way this was handled (as well as other actions of the USDA vis a vis FS employees and citizens). Here’s a link and below is an excerpt. Yet so reluctant was USDA leadership to admit defeat at the hands of the Old Smokeys — the thousands of …

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Restive Retired Smokeys Step Up and Speak Out

Today, having a beer…tomorrow, who knows? (Retired R6ers at Missoula Reunion 2009) Yes, feds are generally go along to get along kinds of folks. And aging doesn’t usually make us more likely to fight. Still..check out this article. I do think the retiree group mentioned is more commonly known as NAFSR, but I could be …

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Harris Leaving, Wonder Who’s Coming?

Here’s a link…sounds like the Coloradans are coming home…first Salazar and now Sherman. Here’s a quote from him… After four years of having the privilege to work alongside the enormously talented, hard working people at USDA, and especially my colleagues in the United States Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, I am today announcing …

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Why Is USDA Stripping the Forest Service of its Pine Tree Logo? Char Miller on the Shield Silliness

Yes, I’m on vacation, but Char sent this commentary to me and it is too good to wait. Char hit this one out of the park, IMHO. (yes there is spring-like weather in Colorado again). Retiree networks echo Andy Stahl’s info that a letter from the Secretary is coming… Below is an excerpt, but as …

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Best and Worst Federal Bosses

A decision last year to extend health benefits to temporary firefighters but not to all temporary workers proved frustrating to many employees. “It just makes no sense to limit it to firefighters,” Davis said. The Forest Service hires thousands of employees who work a few months out of the year maintaining trails, clearing brush, running …

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