Before we even kick this exciting a probably-going-to-be-the-best-thing-you've-read-in-your-life blog, please note, I'm just a youngling in the real world of technology, only around for a little over a year and a half.
Now, on with the show!
(I make no guarantees that the information in here is grammatically
correct. Also, at least in this post, this is mostly opinion)
When I tell people that I work for the government, the standard response is something like "Oh, so you don't work, right?" The first ten thousand times I heard it, I gave it a chuckle. Now, however, I have to get a little angry at it. In my job position, which isn't classified (if you were wondering), we have been working hard doing what I assume: gathering our resources. My main job function since I arrived in the department of defense (DoD) is to join data together that needs to be together in a data warehouse. The trick however is that the type of data we're working with has no obvious link to each other; that is, no two fields in any of our sources/database tables have information that could be considered a path to linkage. If there are fields, they aren't any sort of unique identifier--even when paired up with other fields in the tables, so it's been quite an effort to get it done.
I work on a pay-by-the-hour-but-you'll-get-paid-this-much-this-year model and I work 9.5 hours a day (including lunch). Now do I think that a ton of other salaried people are working longer hours than me? Absolutely and I feel for them. As a result of this 9.5 hour day I get every other Friday off as well. But I'm sure, even as you sit there reading this, you're saying, that sounds like the easiest hours ever--you'd be wrong. Anyone in any field at any workplace (who cares about their job) can tell you that the less hours you have, the more stress you have. It doesn't change here at all. Understand that when we say your tax dollars are at work, they're working. Yeah, sometimes maybe the workers who are visible appear to be slacking, but I work my rear-side off for the safety of the American people 9.5 hours a day every day.
Also, I know there are groups in the government, some at the base I work at, that
are funded terribly and useless. I obviously won't list them here, but
the truth of the matter is tax dollars are not used correctly. Is that
the fault of the workers? No. It's the fault of the
money-handlers--talk to your Congressmen and women about that one. We
get in to daily arguments and conversations about the ineffectiveness
of the old ways, but we're trying to fix them now. So give us some support to save you money!
I think one of the aims of this blog, at least to the rest of the technological field, is to show that the DoD, where some of the greatest innovations in technology have come from (can you say ARPANET), is still working hard to push into the future. In my job specifically I'm doing a lot of data mining (which is quite the topic around the world right now) and other sorts of AI work, but not in a research environment.
So, next time you meet a government worker, say thanks, because we're trying to use your tax dollars better.
A First Post and Where I'm Coming From
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