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John Klossner's Ink Tank


For the cartoonist, federal pay debates pay frequent dividends

Federal employee pay -- or the lack of -- has been the subject of several cartoons in recent months. I have looked at it from the perspective of several communities:

The general public…

The public POV

The contractors…

The contractor POV

And management…

The management POV

As you can see, federal employee pay rates have been a rich vein of cartoon potential, and we still haven't approached it from the point of view of the international community, teens or domestic pets. I realize these are all playing off of the same note -- federal pay is low -- and that there is an argument for the other side. I'll keep my eye out for an opportunity to draw the denizens of Downton Abbey discussing procurement reform.

Posted on Feb 02, 2012 at 7:26 PM5 comments


Debate about feds working overtime goes into overtime

A reader opened a new front (or more accurately, re-opened an old one) in the ever-present war between the public and private sectors by commenter questioning the amount of hours feds really put in. It seems that both sides of the debate put in job-related overtime. Whether it is productive is another question,

John Klossner overtime

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 at 7:26 PM3 comments


When agencies say no to innovation

The Partnership for Public Service recently conducted a survey that found that the majority of feds do not believe that agencies support their efforts to develop innovative solutions. Readers responded that it's not that agencies don't support innovation -- it’s that they don’t even like innovation. Is this a surprise?

federal innovation

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 7:26 PM0 comments


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