Insider's Guide on Senior US Government Careers Published by Former Government Executive

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Former federal government senior executive Frank McDonough announces the pre-publication version of "Advice to Fernando," a new resource for senior government managers, for those who want to become senior officials, and for those who want to know how the government works just below the rarified cocoon level where heads of agencies dwell. Details about the book and related topics are available and updated bi-weekly at

New resource for navigating federal government senior level service careers.

just below the rarified cocoon level where heads of agencies dwell.

Those looking for "insider" information about federal government senior level service positions or who are anxious to launch recession proof governments careers, can now find help in a rich resource, written in a reflective style to enhance understanding. "Advice to Fernando: Understand the Government and Enjoy Success in High-Level Government Jobs" is available at The Web site also serves as an online guide, with a new summary of one of the book's 125 sections published bi-weekly.

Core to the book is the message that government jobs are different from private sector jobs in many ways and that those who want to move up into senior US government careers and stay there require specialized information that can be provided by someone who has worked "just below the rarified cocoon level where heads of agencies dwell."

The recently edited book (by Michael Hardy, of Federal Computer Week) is in a pre-publication version and has as its focus Fernando, a fictitious character who introduces each new topic with a comment and a question. The author answers the question, often with a supporting insight or anecdote. "Advice to Fernando" includes long-term lessons for current and future government managers.

"Anyone among the changing mix of 6,000 SES officials, the 4,000 political appointees that each new president brings to Washington, D.C., or the 60,000 grade 15 officials who aspire to the Senior Executive level will find value in what Fernando learns. In addition, the book will be of interest to students of public administration, and to those in the public, the media and in other governments who want to know how the government really works," McDonough explains.

The author brings to this resource 35-plus years of experience as a federal government senior executive in defense and civilian agencies, managing IT policy, operations, acquisition and finally establishing and directing Intergovernmental Solutions, responsible for developing and sharing best practices for intergovernmental management issues. McDonough also served in a related capacity at IBM and as a consultant.

His response to his experiences and those of his colleagues in senior US government careers has been to organize and distribute helpful information. Tom Rolston a peer and manager at IBM, and author of "50 Years before Crack," has stated that "The public at large has no real insight into what goes on inside government agencies." McDonough wrote this book to fill that need.

More information can be found at the Web site, designed as a portal to Advice to Fernando and as a resource for the 6,000 current and future senior government managers.

About Frank A. McDonough:

The author of Advice to Fernando spent 35 years as a senior manager of four defense organizations and three civilian agencies. His book and Web site provide insights on the inner workings of the government and the day-to-day, week-by-week events that shape senior level careers, especially as administrations come and go.


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