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Contest: How many federal employees does it take to change a light bulb?

Update: Click here to check out Klossner's roundup of the best entries to the "How many feds..." contest.

My recent blog entry about change in the workplace made me wonder if the old "How many [fill in the blanks] does it take to change a light bulb?" contest had ever been done for federal employees. And, even if it had, there must be more than one good answer. So here goes:

How many federal employees does it take to change a light bulb? Please submit your answers in the comments section. I'll run the best, the worst, the oddest, and the most common answers in a month or so.

Light bulb vote

Posted by John Klossner on Jun 04, 2010 at 12:19 PM


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Reader comments

Thu, Jun 9, 2016 EMR

ONE: The director holds the light-bulb and the entire world revolves around him.

Tue, Jul 17, 2012

2 1 far left and 1 far right

Thu, Sep 30, 2010

I don't think we should change the lightbulb in case it doesn't want to be changed. I think we should change ourselves first, and see during a review period what our influence is on the lightbulb that we want to change. After the review period expires, if no change is seen in the lightbulb, we should consider a further probationary period where the lightbulb receives coaching, after which a determination will be made as to whether it "meets expectation" or "does not meet expectations." If it does not meet expectations, we should try to find the lightbulb a cabinet position.

Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Bender PA

None. We have contractors who do that for us.

Tue, Jul 13, 2010 jsrutstein

Zero, after the enactment of 5 USC 1363(a)(1)(E)(vii) pursuant to WFCSCHAA (pronounced woofkushaw)(What Feds Can't See, Can't Hurt America Act). This provision eliminates visibility as a capability that must be provided to employees. The "popular" name of this legislation is Work Darker, not Harder.

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