Adventures in Bureaucracy
Tyson's Corner expansion plans in the works
. It's interesting to see how the Metrorail system in playing out there. With the inner suburbs, it was usually the Metro stations that brought in high-density development. With Tyson's Corner, it's the other way around. The place was already huge
, but the extension of the Orange Line out to Dulles is spurring plans to increase the density of the place. Good thing none of the new residents will be driving cars, since the traffic around there is already a nightmare, especially around Christmastime. It's going to take a lot to make the place pedestrian-friendly, since now you take your life in your hands trying to cross one of the main roads
Now all they need is to move DHS headquarters out there. It would make things much easier for those commuting in from West Virginia.
This stings. Someone found this site by searching for "+songs +bureaucracy", and I'm only number FIVE
? And six? I sketched out an entire bureaucratic musical
, and that only gets me number five? Feh.
The only consolation is that number one was from The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat
. You can tell he's the real thing because he knows the rules, among which are:
Rule #7: "The biggest detriment to public service is the public."
Rule #8: "The second biggest detriment to public service is the service."
The brutal truth about government service:I've been reading this morning's Corner postings on 9/11 conspiracy theories, and have to throw in my standard response to such: I've served as a commisioned officer in the US Army, and as a Federal civil servant for 23 years. I'm here to tell you - we're just not that smart.
Sad but true. The conspiracy theories strike me as just crazy. I mean, they all seem to involve thousands of people who plotted to keep the secret. Haven't these people read a newspaper in the last thirty years? The way most government people keep secrets is by sharing them with the closest available reporter, so if nothing's leaked by now, there's nothing to leak.
Federal Diary Live is back, and it brings a disgruntled Customs and Border Protection official!I work as a CBP Officer and can't understand why HQ personnel are afraid to commit to a decision.
Going from INS to CBP has not changed the relationship between inspecting officers and headquarters, I see.We are so short staffed in everything we need to cover and are forced to work a lot of overtime. Some individuals are forced to come in on days off to cover the personnel shortage.
The more things change... I remember the same thing happening more than ten years ago when I was at the airport, pretty much every day from May to September. Practically mandatory work on Sundays, and then call outs for the remaining one day off. By the time I left I was almost totally burnt out. It's amazing how much the sick leave balance can increase when you have weekends and holidays off!
Now here's a headline you don't see every day:Government Sting Nabs Ocelot Traders