I’m wondering if my readers have any questions for me. Specifically, I’m wondering what people would like to know about working for government agencies. If you have any ideas, comment in this post or email me: fosetiwp.


8 Responses to Ideas

  1. PeterW says:

    Hmm, what (in general) do you do; what credentials are needed to get the job, what skills are needed to actually do the job, what are the relevant private-sector alternatives? And what, I guess, drew you to the job?

  2. sconzey says:

    @gmail ?

    Is it work you could ever find fulfillment in, or is this purely a pecuniary bread-on-the-table decision ? (without intending to imply a normative judgement about either of those options)

    Have you or could you envisage ever being asked or required to do something that would conflict with your principles (formalist and otherwise)?

    On a scale of “better than I hoped” to “worse than I imagined” exactly how bad is the bureaucracy — from the other side?

    Any tips for those of us who have to deal with government bureaucracy? Any tips for avoiding dealing with bureaucracy?

    As a formalist, are agorism and counter-economics even plausible?

  3. robert61 says:

    This is more a workings of rather than a working at question, but how does a Department like Education defend itself against its would-be abolishers? Can you imagine a way government could actually be rolled back short of bankruptcy?

    Like PeterW, I am curious what agency you work for, too. Are you in contact with the people in power in it? Do they perceive its work as being essential or beneficial, or is that a peripheral question? Is there a preponderance of Dems there?

  4. josh says:

    Are your coworkers at all cynical? Are they cynical about other agencies or divisions, but not their own? Do you ever share your cynicism with them, and, if so, how do they respond?

    How does accountability work in the bureaucracy? To what extent do tangible results inform policy?

    How important is rule making? Are most important governing decisions in your department made informally or do they require a rule? How does one decide if one must make a rule and who decides?


  5. Taggart says:

    Are they hiring?

  6. Genius says:

    How do you spend your days at work? How much time do you spend working, etc?

  7. Are the regulators aware of and self-conscious about the gap in knowledge between themselves and those in the industrie(s) they regulate? Do they think there is one?

    Are there any visible real-life ‘Ron Swansons’? (=TV character libertarian who runs a Parks & Rec department but wishes it would be abolished) If no, is it because they exist but keep their views to themselves, or because there really aren’t any to speak of?

    In water-cooler talk, is there a tacit assumption of universal agreement with ‘progressive’ goals and means? (This is sort of a rhetorical question)

    Finally, do you recommend making the jump from private industry (say, finance) to a government agency that regulates it? What would you think of a person who did so – crazy, shrewd, neutral?

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