Category Archives: civil service

Information! Security?

At the State entity I work for, I’ve been annoyed twice by blatant scam robocalls. I decided finally I would report them.

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New York idea

I know that I have mentioned New York previously. I live in the State (but not the City). Recently, there was a police officer (in the City) killed whose name was Miosotis. This is also (spelled slightly differently) the name of a flower, the forget-me-not.

I don’t know if there is already a flower for the police forces and their dead, but this would be a perfect one, given the name and even the color (blue). If someone could breed a darker blue colored one, that would be perfect.

Annoyance at co-“workers”

First note: I am not giving out any identifiable information. There are enough trolls out there I don’t want to feed them.

Second note: This is exactly what the title suggests, a rant about some people who I work with/around. If you don’t want to read it, I will understand if you skip this.

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I, civil servant

I neglected to blog about it, but about two days ago I received my official State instrument of identity. It is much less involved than a driver’s license, all it contains is my name, photograph, signature (both stolen from the DMV) and the name of the agency I work for. It doesn’t even have a number on it.

I was going to say that this makes me officially a member of the State service now, since there is nothing left, but I learned yesterday, that I haven’t gotten the huge packet of forms that I have to fill out for things like union membership (this state has public sector unions) and insurance.

To my amusement, I’ve been getting paid, but have not filled out I-9. While I am a citizen, the State has no way of knowing that absent that form, so I think that they might be on the edge of the (federal) employment law.

I got an Email (address)!

To my great satisfaction, I received word from my defacto supervisor that I now have an Email address and username for the State agency I work for. It has been exactly four weeks since I started there.

After waiting on hold yesterday for an interminable 35 minutes at the end of the day, today at lunchtime I contacted them again and after about 20 minutes got a person who set my password and told me what it was, so I could log in. I did so and then set up Outlook and discovered a 20 message backfile that had been accumulating. I read through it: mostly form letters, but one message that stated that I had a new password, which I couldn’t’ve read anyway because it was sent to my Email address… that used that password.

So now I have a way of officially communicating with people. Annoyingly, I do not yet have access to two internal websites that we do most of our work on. These I have to request access to. One of them is in progress, the other one I will work on tomorrow.