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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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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