Read the Dear Bureaucrat columns in Federal Times

Dear Bureaucrat, I want to be a crony!
(hint: adopt the appointee’s short time horizon)
https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/06/27/dear-bureaucrat-i-want-to-be-a-crony/

Dear Bureaucrat, I want my job to give me rules. Am I crazy?
(hint: make some green tape)
https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/06/13/dear-bureaucrat-i-want-my-job-to-give-me-rules-am-i-crazy/

Dear Bureaucrat, Should I worry about my annual evaluation?
(hint: build the official record that you’re great)
https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/05/30/dear-bureaucrat-should-i-worry-about-my-annual-evaluation/

Dear Bureaucrat, I’m being micromanaged!
(hint: don’t surprise the boss)
https://www.federaltimes.com/opinions/2019/05/16/dear-bureaucrat-im-being-micromanaged-how-can-i-get-my-boss-to-be-less-controlling/

Dear Bureaucrat, should I quit my job to launch a startup?
(hint: quit no, launch yes)
https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/05/02/dear-bureaucrat-should-i-quit-my-job-to-launch-a-startup/

Dear Bureaucrat, our computer system is useless!
(hint: roll your own, even if you can’t code)
https://www.federaltimes.com/opinions/2019/04/18/dear-bureaucrat-how-can-i-work-with-and-around-my-agencys-useless-computer-system/

Dear Bureaucrat, my boss doesn’t reward me.
(hint: let a little crap hit the fan)
https://www.federaltimes.com/opinions/2019/04/04/dear-bureaucrat-how-can-i-get-the-recognition-i-deserve/

Dear Bureaucrat, should I get an MPA?
(hint: not necessarily)
https://www.federaltimes.com/opinions/2019/03/21/dear-bureaucrat-should-i-get-a-graduate-degree-to-move-ahead-in-my-career/

Dear Bureaucrat, my job wants me to lie.
(hint: there’s the idealistic way, the popular way, or the subversive way)
https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/03/07/dear-bureaucrat-my-job-wants-me-to-lie/
The link to Wong and Gerras’ paper in the column is incorrect. The correct link is https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1250

Author: David S. Reed

David S. Reed is the public administration expert who writes Dear Bureaucrat, the advice column for people who work in the public sector, published in Federal Times.

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