FCW Insider

Blog archive

The fed dress code

AOL's Find-a-job Web site has an interesting story about the dress code for the "Generation Y."
Dress Codes Deciphered for Generation Y
While it may be acceptable to have pink hair, wear sandals and rock out to your iPod at some jobs, better safe than sorry. A small tattoo probably won't get you fired, but letting your cell phone ring all day long or wearing flip-flops at a law firm won't impress people, and could get you fired.

They then link to a USAToday story on the subject.

The story raises interesting issues for feds. The government is not known for its modern dress code, although I suspect there are probably exceptions. Here at FCW, we ask reporters to dress so they do not stand out. I, however, don't ususally wear a tie to work because I don't really need to. But I suspect that, by and large, most federal agencies are more conservative. Are flip-flops allowed?

Last year, we did a story we called "Twenty-something," where we looked at folks in their 20s and asked why they decided to work for the federal government. It has always struck me that as feds are asked to do more, as they are put under fresh competition, yet as they are given little by way of additional compensation, maybe the federal dress code could be one thing that changes?

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Aug 17, 2005 at 12:14 PM


  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.