On August 20th, 2020, an off-season solicitation hit the Coast Guard’s message board requesting officers to fill out a Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF). This inception of the DRTF was aggressive. The message was posted on August 20th with a response deadline of August 28th. Which meant to answer the solicitation, the issue would have to be raised to an officer’s current command, and their current command would have to endorse their departure and address any backfill requirements for that officer’s position, in addition to acceptability of any gap that could result if backfill is not possible. All of this would have to be accomplished within what amounts to a work week. Similarly, the solicitation was requesting at least eleven officers do this. All while communicating members who apply should anticipate a report date in the Fall of 2020 (quickly). Further compounding these aggressive issues, the typical transfer season for Active-Duty Coast Guard members is June/July each year. So many officer had just reported to new units a month or two ago. Undoubtedly, new units would not be keen to see their newly reported talent depart so quickly.
These fast deadlines were accompanied by an even more aggressive charter document that outlined the goals for the DRTF, to include (in simple terms), standing up a Coast Guard central data lake, in addition to standing up a central analytics office for the Coast Guard.
Like I stated in a previous post, I was very happy in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Requirements and Analysis (CG-771). I had a great command that was supportive of my aggressive, if not reckless, pursuit of analysis/mathematics. Howbeit, there was the underlying sickness I previously identified.
I quickly recognized the solicitation and the aggressive charter for the DRTF to be (at some level) acknowledgment from the Coast Guard of problems I had quickly identified as I began my work as an analyst. And ultimately, I found my conscience wrestling with the question, “How could I continue to be an analyst in this organization, if I did not at least offer to be a part of the solution to the problem?”
R 20 AUG 20
SUBJ: OFF-SEASON SOLICITATION FOR 11 OFFICERS (O5-O3) TO SERVE IN
THE DATA READINESS TASK FORCE(DRTF) IN COMMANDANT CG-09.
1. Visit the AY21 Shopping List on the OPM-2 Portal page for details
at: http://cglink.uscg.mil/cb33598e. Off-Season positions are
highlighted in red and can be sorted by “OFF-SEASON” under the
“Reason Shopped” category (column K).
2. Interested active duty and reserve officers should submit an
e-resume by COB 28 August 2020. Members applying should anticipate
a report date in the fall of 2020 if selected. Requests for
consideration shall include a command endorsement addressing backfill
requirements and acceptability of a potential gap.
3. Any members who are unable to access the shopping list via CG
Portal should submit a help ticket to CGFIXIT. Units or Reserve
Officers experiencing connectivity issues should request a copy
for further dissemination by command cadre by contacting ———-
——- at —————-@uscg.mil.
4. Internet release authorized.