Nathan D. Gjovik grew up on the northern plains. He briefly attended the United States Military Academy at West Point before completing engineering school and going to work for the Indian Health Service, a U.S. Government agency which is part of the U.S. Public Health Service where he served as a commissioned officer for over 21 years. Following retirement as a Captain (O-6), he then worked briefly for the Transportation Security Administration before transferring to the Veteran’s Administration. Mr. Gjovik has earned three master’s degrees (engineering, business, and public health), several certificates, and several professional registrations in various fields and is currently pursuing additional education. He is a strong advocate for Government reform and equal opportunity for all. Mr. Gjovik and his wife Susette have been married for over three decades and live on the northern plains.
ne•ther•world (noun) [néthәr world]*
in the belief system of some cultures, hell or the place where evil spirits live
2. abode of dead souls
in classical mythology, the place below the earth's surface where the souls of the dead live
3. criminal underworld
the world of organized crime, or the people involved in it
* From Microsoft® Encarta Dictionary.
Imagine a world where entrepreneurship is frowned upon and maintenance of the old tried and true failures is upheld as the expectations for all; a world where laws and regulations only pertain to some, depending on who they are; a world where equal opportunity is nothing more than a slogan. Welcome to my world, the netherworld called the United States Government.
Over the course of more than 22 years of service with the Federal government Nathan Gjovik has seen first-hand how it uses tools like affirmative action and various preferences and set asides to award positions, promotions, and contracts. These tools are nearly all designed to serve populations who the Government has deemed to be 'disadvantaged' while Caucasian males, who the Government has apparently determined as a class to be advantaged, are relegated to whatever they are able to muster on their own, outside the Federal sector. With the increasing proportion of Federal control of the US economy these tools determine in large part economic winners and losers within the US. These tools also indirectly impact how Federal laws are promulgated and enforced by program managers, many of whom were awarded their positions based primarily on their race or gender (or other non-merit based factors), determine how to best ensure the continuance of their program as well as the manner in which it will follow, enforce, or ignore Federal law. CAPT Nathan D. Gjovik, USPHS (Ret.) This book is an accounting of Mr. Gjovik's attempts to make positive changes from within the Federal government and the Federal responses to same. It also documents some of the asinine, incompetent, and potentially criminal activities which occur routinely within the Federal sector through the eyes of one who came from the private sector.