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Feb 29, 2020

Who wants their time wasted in boring, useless meetings that could be accomplished via email? Nobody, that's who. I've listed a few quick tips for running an effective meeting - ones I often can't seem to follow myself, as my coworkers will attest. This episode is a short one with reminders of the principles we KNOW...


Feb 23, 2020

What can feds do to advocate for themselves during the performance management process?

1. regularly record your accomplishments all year long

2. do your self-assessment at the mid year point and at the end of the year

3. record issues or events not quite appropriate for your appraisal in memos for the record

4. schedule...


Feb 16, 2020

Chrissy's advice:

What many don’t know is that IVF isn’t covered by any federal health plan. And only a few health plans cover a portion of IUI. Some of the federal health plans used to cover part of IVF, but IVF was dropped after a change was made in 2017.

Infertility isn’t life-threatening, but a recent study...


Feb 9, 2020

Jamie Jones Miller, who until last month served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, walked me through her strategies for successful comms with Congress. She recently transitioned to The Roosevelt Group as a senior advisor. She discussed how we in the executive branch...


Feb 5, 2020

During the last long furlough, Jason Coleman, a federal employee, decided he wanted to take the disparate resources that kept popping up with different offers of help for feds and make them available to a broader audience. He created FedFam Inc. They have a 17,000+ member Facebook group where you can get just about any...