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Managing through the debt ceiling debate
Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 9:41am EDT
"This is really unprecedented," Palguta. "We haven't been through this situation before, so we really don't have answers."
It's important to note to staff, Palguta said, that the negotiations around raising the debt ceiling are different from those that deal with appropriations.
"We have a situation where government's run out of money, and we've logged up the national credit card," Palguta said.
But there are three things federal managers can and should do:
- Listen to employees' concerns, "even if you don't have answers," Palguta said. "You just let them know you don't have information," but hear out their concerns.
- Let them know what you don't know - "Which is a lot," Palguta said.
- Commit to sharing information with employees when you have it. " 'I'll let you know what I know, when I know it." and follow through on it," Palguta said.
Also, federal employees should make sure to relay information and employees' concern to their bosses and further up the chain of command.
"Not a good situation," Palguta said. "Bottom line is, we gotta hope that common sense does prevail, and the debt ceiling is raised."