Fedblog FedblogFedblog
Government Executive Editor in Chief Tom Shoop, along with other editors and staff correspondents, look at the federal bureaucracy from the outside in.

Bureaucratic Horoscope: Financial Windfalls, Mental Agony

ARCHIVES
Flickr user Remko van Dokkum

In the United States, it's shaping up to be another grim year for public servants: Budget uncertainty just keeps dragging on, a two-year pay freeze is in effect (with the possibility that it will be extended even further), and the long-term fiscal outlook isn't exactly rosy.

But in India, the story's different -- if you trust the stars -- for at least some government workers. 

According to the astrologer for India's Bureaucracy Today (no, seriously, they have an astrologer), 2013 will start with a bang for some folks. Take, for example, those born under the Aries sign: For them, the astrologer says, "January 2013 will be a memorable month for bureaucrats from the professional angle. You are likely to get a bonanza during the start of the New Year. A raise in your official status is almost assured. You will surge ahead with confidence and optimism. Financial gains will be unbelievable."

If you're a Taurus, though, "there may not be any respite from mental agony." You may even "suffer from allergic conditions during the start of the month." But take heart: " Most of your problems and hurdles will get resolved and a silver lining will be clearly visible."

No such luck for Scorpios: "Fear psychosis may prevail and it may be a horrendous task to make right decisions concerning your career." But cheer up, Aquarians: "Your fortune will be at zenith and you will get much-needed respite from mental agony."

(Hat tip: GovManagement Daily)

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.