Thing The First: If the family is having, or planned, a nice Memorial Day trip or event, maybe you picked the wrong job. Or the wrong branch of government. But it’s too late now, because here you sit, stand or whatever.
Thing The Second: There are worse things than being wanted, needed and indispensable. Obviously somebody higher up the food chain decided that things couldn’t operate without you. You may be working in a hospital, border patrol sector, in law enforcement, defense or an anti-terrorist mission. Which means that somebody, maybe lots of somebodies, thinks you are the man. Or the woman.
So for all of you who are working today, a tip of the old radio antenna to you and yours. We might be able to get along without you at your post, but it’s not worth risking.
Queen Elizabeth II is credited with “introducing a new hybrid to dogdom, the dorgi, after one of her corgis had an illicit affair with Princess Margaret’s dachshund, Pipkin.” That from MentalFloss’s 5 Not-So-Famous Firsts, Doggy Style.
ADDITIONAL PAY AND BENEFITS NEWS ON FEDERAL NEWS RADIO House vote advances end to ban on gays in military The drive to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military survived another House vote Friday and now moves to the Senate, where advocates on both sides of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” debate are gearing up for a fight. The House voted on Friday 229-186 to pass a defense bill approving more than $700 billion for military programs and containing an amendment overturning the 1993 law allowing gays to serve in the military only if they hide their sexual orientation. Read more here.
MORE ON FEDERAL NEWS RADIO Dynamics of federal cybersecurity management changing Now that President Obama’s 60 Day Cyber Security Review is a year old, In Depth took a look at some of the changes that have come to cybersecurity management in the federal government. Host Francis Rose spoke with former e-gov administrators Karen Evans and Mark Forman about some recent developments and got their opinions about where things need to go in the future. Read more here.
Coast Guard harbored concerns about oil rigs By all measures, the Gulf of Mexico drilling rig disaster is without precedent, but not without prescience. Former Coast Guard Vice Admiral Brian Peterman told Federal News Radio the Deepwater Horizon event seems eerily familiar. Read more here.
Dorobek Must Reads Each day, the DorobekInsider team collects a group of stories that we’re reading to stay in the know. Today: How you can remember the fallen and help veterans this Memorial Day weekend; we ask whether BP will lose government contracts in the aftermath of the oil spill; and check out the Wall Street Journal’s summer reading list. Read more here.