Since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, federal employees—unlike any other segment of the American worker—have dealt with the reality that their workplaces are potential targets. Additionally, this workforce deals with public scrutiny and a prevailing opinion that federal employees are obsolete and inept. This unprecedented study attempts to dispel ill-informed speculation about our nation’s civil servants by providing a thorough examination of the differences—and similarities—between the private and federal employment sectors.
Himself a 30-year veteran of government work, Anthony Stanford explores the challenges unique to this group, including the impact of political posturing, the bureaucratic red tape preventing progressive change, and the tensions and security concerns stemming from terrorist threats. Chapters cover topics such as the fallacy of the underworked employee, performance measurements that impede performance and threaten the mission of some federal agencies, the obstacles that prevent federal managers from effectively dealing with personnel issues, and strategies for altering the public perception of the federal workforce. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book allows readers to learn what it is really like to work for the federal government.
- Examines the claims that federal workers are underworked, overcompensated, and expendable
- Analyzes comparable pay and benefits between the federal and private sector workforce to dispel rumors of overcompensation
- Uncovers the truth behind the misconceptions surrounding the work of federal employees and explains how these workers differ from those in private companies or unions
- Contains contributions from federal career employees, political appointees, and politicians familiar with the operation of the federal workforce
- Shares nonclassified policy documents and mission statements from across federal agencies to illustrate the daily workings of these offices