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  • WOW
    deployed decoy
    What is Mr Astrue thinking. At a time the masses are surging at the gate with pitchforks and rancid butter and congress wants to give all feds a 2 week none paid holiday, this is insane. Now in the old days, a not to be named federal agency allowed us to work another, when it shall occur, federal holiday and take the Friday off after Thanksgiving. This was working Veterans Day, showing it as holiday not worked and taking Friday off as on duty a couple weeks later. But I do understand his logic, since there is ZERO chance of an extra day off this year for Christmas as the 24th is a Friday federal holiday. Then if I am not mistaken there is a federal law that besides preventing banks from 4 day weekends, requires federal offices to be manned during core hours. So just who at SSA is going to get tagged with sitting at the front desk or answer phones. Wait that is so simple, the low bid contractors who by law will not get that Friday off. So this is just more proof to the folks that want to see exactly ZERO federal workers doing any of this, that none of us are needed to get the check in the mail to that professional mother of crazy kids.
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  • Mixed feelings
    contrarian
    While many private sector and school employees have had the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday (somebody's gotta hit all those sales) I've always taken leave. The timing of this bonus is suspect and amazingly fits right in with Disco Duck's previous comments on eliminating bonuses and fat before cutting the meat out of our paychecks.
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  • it is deployed decoy
    deployed decoy
    It is deployed decoy. Disco Duck is a German beer fest table dance tune. DDs are dressed in the (incorrect) uniform of the day, after the agency spends 10s of thousands on sending us to basic training for decoys to get the wrong uniform issued while we sit around for 10 to 12 hours a day for a week because we did all the online training and force protection requirements before we got the CRC. But naturally the Soldiers in the group did not so we are paid to sit around while others complete that darn good training. Then dressed in that unique uniform and by default a high value target to the bad guys because we are dressed so special, have no weapon to shoot back as non combatants (and not protected by say the 20 year law enforcement retirement package I will add). Thus we all stay very low and quack, hoping to draw fire (exposing the bad guys positions) so the Soldiers who shoot a lot straighter can get the bad guys before they get us. I will add a close friend is a PR person for the Pentagon. Those folks sent her to Iraq circa 2003 with nothing but the clothes on her back. Her husband was furious. He took her to a local cop shop and using her official military ID card and travel orders, convinced the shop owner to break the law and sell her a bullet proof jacket. Her Iraq local driver she found herself, turned into an ambush. He figured it out before he got to dead center of the kill zone. My friend took 3 rounds. One bounced off her bare naked skull, another clean flesh wound. The 3rd lodged at C4 in her private bullet proof jacket collar that just happened to be turned up, that round would have taken her head off. This is just one of so many examples I can provide for the complete lack of ownership DOD and DA extend to all of us in the war zones. It is criminal and needs to stop. More contractors, that is the answer.
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  • sorry
    contrarian
    Was just trying to preserve your secret identity while giving you props.
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  • Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday
    kevdog
    WOW! In this economy, this is something else! And we wonder why there is so much negative attention surrounding fed workers......
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  • This is what ticks me off!
    cheeky
    Postal employees are getting raked over the coals on how we're overpaid! What a joke!!! Other Federal agencies are getting higher pay because of their COLA increases. Our COLA's have been nothing like theirs. Plus, we NEVER get the day after Christmas or Thanksgiving off, or Administrative leave days because of bad weather, or a day off because of a death of a President!!! Furthermore, we don't get paid for living in a high-cost area like other Federal agencies!!! SO, there's the facts!!!
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  • Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday: For Some
    Celtic Wolf
    We need as federal employees to come together and protect each other from the poor media play occuring. This election year is a year that may bring many negative things to our plate. We need to diminish, eliminate and push back on all the bad press. As federal employees we get lumped into an unusually large group in the public's mind. That is for every lazy DMV, Home Permit, OPM retirement specialist, IRS agent, street cop, bus driver...and so on --- many who are not even federal or even municipal workers.
    Celtic Wolf
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