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05:32 am: Busy week at the airport
This week has been quite full. It started on Tuesday, when I arranged to shadow the canine handlers. I spent two hours following them around, listening to them explain how they accomplish their tasks, and seeing how the different dogs locate contraband. It certainly is eye-opening.

Then on Wednesday I was assigned by the health and safety team to edit a Powerpoint lecture into presentability. It only needs minor edits, but I'm going to have to take time from my normal schedule to get it done.

On Thursday I heard from one of the canine handlers that they had just been told their two requested positions were denied. Since several supervisors had previously said the positions had been approved, this sounds like an abrupt turnaround. It's probably related to the reason that we recently got word that a grade increase to GS 12 that had been announced last fall was also going to be delayed due to budget reasons. The grade increase was supposed to be implemented this month, but it was postponed, currently until the end of September. That's when I would have gotten it anyway, so if it does actually go through then, the delay won't affect me much. A lot of hope is being pinned on the budget for the new fiscal year, which starts in October. They're hoping the two canine positions will be advertised in October for participation in the training class next January.

After that, I participated in my first airplane boarding. Boarding airplanes to look for contraband left behind by passengers or hitchhiking insect pests is part of the agriculture specialist job description. It's certainly a different experience from opening baggage. It's interesting to see the kind of food that people leave on the floor or in seat pockets.



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Date:March 13th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Argh =/ I'm so sorry to hear about the positions being cut; here's hoping you're first in line come October.
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Date:March 14th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
here's hoping you're first in line come October.

I'm kind of hoping that my competition will give up on waiting and apply for other things instead.
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Date:March 14th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Wow, what an interesting week.

Those budgetary problems seem to be ever present. Here's hoping things all work out for the good.

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Date:March 14th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping things all work out for the good.

I agree!
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