Candidate Statements for Elections in Progress
According to the Election Committee's bylaws, candidates may submit a candidate statement to express their reasons for running. Candidate statements for current elections are provided below:
At-Large Delegate: Band I Employees
My name is Isabella Guyott, and I am a candidate for the position of At-Large Band I Assembly Delegate.
I am still relatively new to GAO and will soon be starting my second PDP rotation. However, I am enthusiastic about this chance to become more involved in the GAO Employees Organization (GEO) and serve as a voice for our PDP and permanently placed Band I employees.
I am concerned about various unfair practices and occurrences relevant to Band I employees, such as restricted PDP rotations, HCO errors (e.g., incorrect FERS withdrawals), denials of telework (especially to PDP’ers), and questionable promotion decisions. As your Delegate, I would seek to voice such concerns and work to ensure that GAO lives up to its three People Values. Additionally, my graduate program included training in negotiation, and I would seek to apply those skills by getting involved with the Bargaining Committee.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for your consideration!
I am currently a Band I Analyst that recently placed with the Health Care team after finishing my PDP rotations. If elected to serve as an At-Large Band I Assembly Delegate, I would draw on my enthusiasm for being a union member and experience serving as an elected representative in bureaucratic organizations. Regarding the former, I have been a dues-paying member of the GAO Employees Organization since my first day here, after I tracked down the representative who spoke to my cohort orientation before she had reached the elevators and signed up on the spot. I strongly believe in the value that our union provides in representing the interests of GAO employees. As an At-Large Band I Assembly Delegate, I would make sure to solicit and consider the multifaceted perspectives and interests Band I employees and their implications for matters before the Assembly, I also appreciate the importance of union organization and representation as a way to foster solidarity among employees. This is always important, but especially now, as many of our colleagues at other federal agencies are either furloughed or working without pay as I write this. As an At-Large Band I Assembly Delegate, I would both work to represent the diverse interests of GAO employees while also striving to foster connections and shared interests among them. To do so, I would draw on my experience as an elected representative in other organizational settings. I have previously been elected as a Graduate Student Association President and Graduate Student Organization Department Representative at Syracuse University and also served as a non-tenured faculty representative at Georgetown University. I look forward to drawing upon my experience and enthusiasm to represent Band I employees in the Assembly.
My name is Tim Young and I am in my second year as a Band I Analyst in IAT; I rotated through HSJ, EWIS, and PI, and then returned to the team where I interned back in the summer of 2014. If I have not had the privilege to have met you yet, you may have seen me around the HQ building escorting prospective interns or new hires around, or perhaps at team-sponsored brownbags as I try to learn what GAO is doing or can do about fixing an economy that does not seem to work for as many people as it once may have. The main reason I decided to come forward is that I grew up in a union household, and thanks to the efforts of labor unions, my father and grandfather earned a good enough living to get me a head start on being the first person in my family to attend college – which makes me wonder what someone in my situation then would do now. During my long pre-GAO work history I saw more than one employer treat workers they saw as fungible unfairly and suffer few, if any, consequences; I told myself that eventually I would find work where I could do more about that situation and so eagerly signed up to join the GAO Employee Association during my first week in PDP. Now that I have found such employment, I consider it my solemn duty to devote my energy not only to making our workplace better for my colleagues who are responsible for providing so much value to the American people via our audit work, but to help keep organized labor alive. As such, it is now my pleasure to ask my fellow Band I Analysts for their support.