Name: Ayesha Edwards Age: 29 years old Job: Management and Program Analyst, Office of Innovation and Improvement Agency: Education Time in government: 4 years
Ayesha Edwards joined the agency in 2007, originally to evaluate children’s shows. She now oversees audits of grantees, making sure Education Department dollars are well-spent.
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Edwards said social media is an integral part of Millenials’ lives, but at work she can’t access Facebook or chat online.
“We use social networking a lot to get information out,” she said. “I understand why government has to regulate those things, but I wish we had more access to more technology.”
Edwards said social networks allow workers to connect with fellow coworkers, as well as to their constituents. Social networks let the public “put a face” to the government, she said.
“With limited travel budgets, we can’t always get out to meet the people we serve,” Edwards said. “So it would be great if there was some kind of mechanism to build our network.”
Chatting online is also an outlet for young feds while they work. It could actually save time at work because employees wouldn’t feel like they had to get up and talk to people or take as many breaks, Edwards said.