Video of the Week: Chris Inglis on Leadership at Network Speed

From Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Chris Inglis – Deputy Director, NSA
February 19, 2009
Leadership at Network Speed – Agility and Integrity as Cultural Imperatives
Click the links to the videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 (Q&A)

Keywords: leadership, collaboration, connecting the dots, stovepiping

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Video of the Week: Chris Inglis on Leadership at Network Speed

From Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Chris Inglis – Deputy Director, NSA
February 19, 2009
Leadership at Network Speed – Agility and Integrity as Cultural Imperatives
Click the links to the videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 (Q&A)

Keywords: leadership, collaboration, connecting the dots, stovepiping

Baghdad Won’t See Chris Hill Until After 4/20 …

Senate’s Executive Calendar now includes a Unanimous Consent Agreement tabled for Monday, April 20, 2009:


UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT

Tony West (Cal. No. 34)

Lanny A. Breuer (Cal. No. 35)

Christine Anne Varney (Cal. No. 36)

Christopher R. Hill (Cal. No. 43)

Ordered, That, at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 20, 2009, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nominations; and that the Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the following order:

Tony West, of California, to be an Assistant Attorney General;

Lanny A. Breuer, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General; and

Christine Anne Varney, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

Ordered further, That there be 2 minutes, equally divided and controlled, for debate prior to each vote; that each vote following the first be 10 minutes in duration; that motions to reconsider be made and laid on the table en bloc; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action; and that the Senate then resume its legislative session.

Ordered, That on Monday, April 20, 2009, following disposition of the nominations specified in the previous order, the Senate proceed to consideration of the nomination of Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to Iraq; that there be 20 minutes of debate, equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees, prior to the cloture on the nomination, and that the mandatory quorum be waived.

(April 2, 2009)

Congress will be on Spring Break from April 6-19. The Senate is expected to return for business on April 20 where at 2:00 pm there will be 20 minutes of debate on the nomination of Ambassador Hill then a cloture vote on his nomination. He is reportedly expected to get confirmed despite this rigodon.

Ambassador Hill said during his nomination that he would like to get to Baghdad, the day after his confirmation. He could have been in Baghdad this weekend — but you know, some senator wanted him to spend Spring break in town — beats me why.

Anyway — I expect he will be confirmed on April 20 (or soon after that). He will have two weeks to pack and if he has arranged with his new friends a miljet non-stop flight (I understand that’s 9 hours 14 minutes and 55 seconds from here to there), he could be in Baghdad on April 21 by dinner time? — let’s give the guy a break, maybe we should make that before midnight.

Related Items:

Hill Cloture Motion

Senate Calendar – April 2009

Baghdad Won’t See Chris Hill Until After 4/20 …

Senate’s Executive Calendar now includes a Unanimous Consent Agreement tabled for Monday, April 20, 2009:


UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT

Tony West (Cal. No. 34)

Lanny A. Breuer (Cal. No. 35)

Christine Anne Varney (Cal. No. 36)

Christopher R. Hill (Cal. No. 43)

Ordered, That, at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 20, 2009, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nominations; and that the Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the following order:

Tony West, of California, to be an Assistant Attorney General;

Lanny A. Breuer, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General; and

Christine Anne Varney, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

Ordered further, That there be 2 minutes, equally divided and controlled, for debate prior to each vote; that each vote following the first be 10 minutes in duration; that motions to reconsider be made and laid on the table en bloc; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action; and that the Senate then resume its legislative session.

Ordered, That on Monday, April 20, 2009, following disposition of the nominations specified in the previous order, the Senate proceed to consideration of the nomination of Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to Iraq; that there be 20 minutes of debate, equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees, prior to the cloture on the nomination, and that the mandatory quorum be waived.

(April 2, 2009)

Congress will be on Spring Break from April 6-19. The Senate is expected to return for business on April 20 where at 2:00 pm there will be 20 minutes of debate on the nomination of Ambassador Hill then a cloture vote on his nomination. He is reportedly expected to get confirmed despite this rigodon.

Ambassador Hill said during his nomination that he would like to get to Baghdad, the day after his confirmation. He could have been in Baghdad this weekend — but you know, some senator wanted him to spend Spring break in town — beats me why.

Anyway — I expect he will be confirmed on April 20 (or soon after that). He will have two weeks to pack and if he has arranged with his new friends a miljet non-stop flight (I understand that’s 9 hours 14 minutes and 55 seconds from here to there), he could be in Baghdad on April 21 by dinner time? — let’s give the guy a break, maybe we should make that before midnight.

Related Items:

Hill Cloture Motion

Senate Calendar – April 2009

Ambassador Eikenberry and EFM Heading to Kabul?

The newswire reports that General Eikenberry has been confirmed yesterday, April 2, as US Ambassador to Afghanistan by voice vote. Reports did not bother to mention the fate of the other nominees except that Ambassador Hill’s confirmation has been delayed. Must be quite galling to other nominees to be ignored – I’ve been digging but daily digest is still MIA from the Senate webpage. The confirmation record by unanimous votes is now posted here.

In any case, expect the General to be up over at “M” to try and get his wife to accompany him to Kabul. During the hearings he did say he wanted to take Mrs. E. with him to post. Kabul is currently an unaccompanied post, but adult EFM (eligible family member) may get authorization from the Under Secretary for Management on a case by case basis (apparently EFM must secure employment at mission). But an ambassador’s spouse trying to work in an embassy is often tricky because of nepotism issues. Let’s see what happens …

Related Items:

Congressional Record – Confirmation p.1
(Verma, Brimmer and Gottemoeller)

Congressional Record – Confirmation p.2
(Eikenberry and Verveer)

Ambassador Eikenberry and EFM Heading to Kabul?

The newswire reports that General Eikenberry has been confirmed yesterday, April 2, as US Ambassador to Afghanistan by voice vote. Reports did not bother to mention the fate of the other nominees except that Ambassador Hill’s confirmation has been delayed. Must be quite galling to other nominees to be ignored – I’ve been digging but daily digest is still MIA from the Senate webpage. The confirmation record by unanimous votes is now posted here.

In any case, expect the General to be up over at “M” to try and get his wife to accompany him to Kabul. During the hearings he did say he wanted to take Mrs. E. with him to post. Kabul is currently an unaccompanied post, but adult EFM (eligible family member) may get authorization from the Under Secretary for Management on a case by case basis (apparently EFM must secure employment at mission). But an ambassador’s spouse trying to work in an embassy is often tricky because of nepotism issues. Let’s see what happens …

Related Items:

Congressional Record – Confirmation p.1
(Verma, Brimmer and Gottemoeller)

Congressional Record – Confirmation p.2
(Eikenberry and Verveer)

Take the Ethics Training – In Crossword Puzzles!


Can an ambassador ask his/her staff aide to shop for his/her spouse’s birthday present during duty hours?

Um…hum…nope —

Your supervisor cannot ask you to shop for his/her spouse’s birthday present during work hours. Official time is to be used for the performance of official duties. You can only use your work hours to perform your job. Shopping for the present would be misuse of your official time.

But that’s probably easier said than done if you are at the receiving end of the “request.” So supervisors must be cognizant of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.705(b) which states:

Use of a subordinate’s time. An employee shall not encourage, direct, coerce, or request a subordinate to use official time to perform activities other than those required in the performance of official duties or authorized in accordance with law or regulation.


This comes right from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), a small agency within the executive branch, established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Originally part of the Office of Personnel Management, OGE became a separate agency on October 1, 1989 as part of the Office of Government Ethics Reauthorization Act of 1988. “The Office of Government Ethics exercises leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees, and to resolve those conflicts of interest that do occur. In partnership with executive branch agencies and departments, OGE fosters high ethical standards for employees and strengthens the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity.”


Check out the common ethics issues here. OGE has a training page here including the crossword puzzles here. Some of the more common ethical topics from the OGE website are listed below with their corresponding links to the online or downloadable puzzles. Play, have fun, learn the regs!

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Misuse of Position Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

Everything about your government position — your title and authority, the information you need to do your job, your time and the government property you use to accomplish your work — should be used for the benefit of the American people. You and others you know should not improperly benefit from your government position. This crossword puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge of some of the misuse of position rules.

Fillable Version (fill out the crossword puzzle online)
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

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Grand Slam Employee Crossword Puzzle (2008)

You play a part in making your agency an ethical workplace. The behavior of every Federal employee shapes the public’s perception of its Government. Want to be sure you’re doing your part? Know the Standards of Conduct, the conflict of interest laws, and how the ethics program works in your agency and the Federal Government. This puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge in these areas.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

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General Things You Should Know About Ethics Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

You play a part in making your agency an ethical workplace. To do this, you need to appreciate how the ethics program works in your agency and the Federal Government. This crossword puzzle provides an opportunity to test your understanding of the ground rules on ethics.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Gifts Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

People give gifts for a variety of reasons. Sometimes gifts are given in an attempt to influence the way federal employees perform their government duties. You want to avoid gifts — whether from outside sources or between employees — that might affect or appear to affect the way you do your job. This crossword puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge of some of the gift rules.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

There are more crossword puzzles here.

Take the Ethics Training – In Crossword Puzzles!


Can an ambassador ask his/her staff aide to shop for his/her spouse’s birthday present during duty hours?

Um…hum…nope —

Your supervisor cannot ask you to shop for his/her spouse’s birthday present during work hours. Official time is to be used for the performance of official duties. You can only use your work hours to perform your job. Shopping for the present would be misuse of your official time.

But that’s probably easier said than done if you are at the receiving end of the “request.” So supervisors must be cognizant of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.705(b) which states:

Use of a subordinate’s time. An employee shall not encourage, direct, coerce, or request a subordinate to use official time to perform activities other than those required in the performance of official duties or authorized in accordance with law or regulation.


This comes right from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), a small agency within the executive branch, established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Originally part of the Office of Personnel Management, OGE became a separate agency on October 1, 1989 as part of the Office of Government Ethics Reauthorization Act of 1988. “The Office of Government Ethics exercises leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees, and to resolve those conflicts of interest that do occur. In partnership with executive branch agencies and departments, OGE fosters high ethical standards for employees and strengthens the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity.”


Check out the common ethics issues here. OGE has a training page here including the crossword puzzles here. Some of the more common ethical topics from the OGE website are listed below with their corresponding links to the online or downloadable puzzles. Play, have fun, learn the regs!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Misuse of Position Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

Everything about your government position — your title and authority, the information you need to do your job, your time and the government property you use to accomplish your work — should be used for the benefit of the American people. You and others you know should not improperly benefit from your government position. This crossword puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge of some of the misuse of position rules.

Fillable Version (fill out the crossword puzzle online)
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Grand Slam Employee Crossword Puzzle (2008)

You play a part in making your agency an ethical workplace. The behavior of every Federal employee shapes the public’s perception of its Government. Want to be sure you’re doing your part? Know the Standards of Conduct, the conflict of interest laws, and how the ethics program works in your agency and the Federal Government. This puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge in these areas.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

General Things You Should Know About Ethics Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

You play a part in making your agency an ethical workplace. To do this, you need to appreciate how the ethics program works in your agency and the Federal Government. This crossword puzzle provides an opportunity to test your understanding of the ground rules on ethics.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Gifts Employee Crossword Puzzle (2007)

People give gifts for a variety of reasons. Sometimes gifts are given in an attempt to influence the way federal employees perform their government duties. You want to avoid gifts — whether from outside sources or between employees — that might affect or appear to affect the way you do your job. This crossword puzzle gives you a chance to test your knowledge of some of the gift rules.

Fillable Version
Section 508 compliant version
Download Print Versions: Puzzle (PDF) | Answers (PDF)

There are more crossword puzzles here.