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the best use of a Federal employee's time.

The best use of a Federal employee's time, in my mind, is at their actual job. Barring that, we are all in the situation of finding a second-best alternative. For the last two weeks, the alternative for me has been furthering my skills in the job I have by finishing up a work-related course I've been taking and by spending a day shadowing a non-Federal colleague. I have also done a huge number of home-related chores related to the remodel of my house (as well as just stuff-that-needed-doing), and have tried to be a little more healthy and balanced in my lifestyle than I am when I'm working.

In the near future (like today), I'll start looking for things to do that bring in money. Thanks to all who have suggested options; I plan to look into several of them. I do have to note that I'm better at organizing people's offices and pantries than I am at babysitting sick kids, though.

And for those Federal employees who are reading along, remember to check with your ethics folks (who will probably have to be called back from furlough to talk to you) about outside employment that may conflict with Federal ethics standards. Here's a web site that covers the basics, but remember that your ethics folks are the best place to get specific answers for your situation:

ThyPeace, yes, we are still covered by the ethics rules, the Hatch Act, and various other laws even though we're not allowed to go to work.
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