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I have been working at Federal Railroad Administration full-time (More than 8 years)
For some positions, there are teleworking and flex hours opportunities, but rare for senior staff (the political appointees want you to hang around according to their hours and beyond).
Political appointees rule the roost, regardless if they are experienced or not, or if they want good advice. There are enough sycophants among the professional staff that the politicals feel entitled to demand whatever they want. So much time is wasted prepping them for meetings and churning out documents no one reads that the American people are getting ripped off. They also have spys who watch to see when you punch the clock. It doesn't matter how late you work, or how many weekends or from home, these spys want to see you at work at your specified time. Most us in the FRA are mature employees with a degrees and beyond. Why is the government allocating resources to see when we arrive to work? The quality of the work is what's most important, not when we arrived to work.
Advice to Management
Do some of your own homework. Learn the subject so you can talk about it without hours of coaching. And if it takes hours, something is wrong. So many good people have left or transferred in to the safety office because their job devolved into nothing more than cranking out briefers for every meeting and speech senior management would have. This happened as the intellectual quality of senior management went downhill in this Administration, and they increasing have became dependent on extensive briefings. Trust your professional staff. No one has a problem with the Administration setting policy, but let us do our job. We don't need to be micromanaged because we have been doing this our entire professional lives. Keep your job in perspective. Railroads are not the crisis in the Middle East. Yes, when there is a big accident you have to mobilize fast and get head of the problem, but there is a well qualified staff to do that. Trust them. We don't have to suck up countless hours on minor problems that don't exist, or at least to little papers in Montana of Maine. Reallocate more resources for more safety inspectors. Stop dumping more people into the passenger rail division. Be real, it wont get funded. We need more bridge inspectors, track inspectors, hazmat inspectors, etc. We're becoming a joke because we let the industry police themselves.