While the rest of Washington was preparing for the inauguration, 80 GS-15 feds were headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for an intensive four-week executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School (no picnic, lots of reading and preparing) on management, leadership and policy design.
At the beginning of week two, I invited any interested students whose jobs were in contracting to join me for a conversation over lunch. All 10 of those in contracting showed up.
I went around the table and asked each to talk about something that was good about their organization and something that worried them. There were some interesting patterns in their replies.
One theme in discussing what was good about their organization reminded me of the conversations I had a few months ago with industry people at a Coalition for Government Procurement event. I was struck then by how many of the industry people had said that helping agencies with their missions was something that gave them the most satisfaction in their jobs.
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