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  • fail to rerward
    deployed decoy
    Point one. They have proven the 40,000 plus lightning strikes a day that hit the ground in FL, never hit the same place. Reason, after the strike the place is not the same any longer. Just ask the caddy in the melted and smoking sneakers on the 13th hole if this is correct. Point two Congress does nothing unless (in the following order) it gets them votes, it gets them money for reelection, or some formal federal agency pushes for it forever. Now mandatory movie watching to prove all this. Gasland for current policy. The Pentagon Wars for a short history of the truth in weapons system design. And, yep I do blame Bush for the problems with water that is killing people, just as much as I blame Obama for not taking immediate action to reverse the Cheney drug deal with Halliburton. Opps, it is the money stupid. My take on slackers is this. PEOs, senior SESs, and political appointees fail all the time, the fastest path to a promotion (or a huge cash private job offer). So fix that problem before laying the blame on a GS11 that cant get the job done because the policy to spend the money he needs, to request it is so hard, it is easier to hold a bake sale to replace the reactor on the sub.
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  • Blaming the employees again
    contrarian
    Slackers are like speeders, easy to hate until you look at one in the mirror. These so called slackers may be long time good workers who now have family problems, either with health or something else, or some other crisis. Calling it "bullying the easy target" would have been a more accurate headline. Managers do it all the time without congressional instigation, it's what bullies do. The bottom like is that there are a certain number of drones in the workforce of any workplace, in the private sector you would call them family relatives, that don't produce like the non-family members or superstars, but have enough to contribute that we're better off with them than without them. The management time spent on chasing tails is worthy of a Proxmire award.
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  • Federal Slackers Face a Whacking!
    Celtic Wolf
    What has happened to accountability? Congress established the old General Accounting Office whose mission was to hold federal agencies accountable for their performance. Congress is allowing and promoting the message that federal employees are to blame for all the financial problems America faces. Until this year I never knew, as a federal employee, I had so much power. I never knew that it was I, the federal employee, who sent people to war, who raised the national deficit level, and who signed entitlement program after entitlement program into law. Today, I will re-read our Employee Orientation brochures. Somewhere I missed the paragraph that says as a federal employee I get to pass laws. Boy am I just an ignorant and lazy person. I honestly never knew the power I had. Now I will get off the 'net' and start passing laws - like a federal pay raise, like a better pay for performance system and like a better retirement system for my friends in FERS that equates more to my CSRS retirement. A slacker no more will i be, I have LAWS to pass since I now have the POWER. Gosh dang how stupid I have been. I was the cause for all the problems in America, and now that I have the power - since Congress said I caused them all - then off to work I go.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Fed'l Slackers Face a Whacking!
    Observero0
    LOL. Nothing like keeping our sense of humor.
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  • Slackers
    Linda
    I Don't know about the rest of you guys/gals, but at IRS our poor performers are either Handicapped rated, ready to retire or gone. We have had a number of trainees booted in the first two years due to lack of performance. The vast majority of my office works hard. The main slacking is to read Mike's column in the morning and I consider that educational, not slacking.
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  • IRS Slackers
    CAfed
    Sorry to inform but IRS is full of slackers. Just get access to any campus/service center. You find them sleeping the the bathrooms, standing in the halls talking on cell phones for 30 minutes at a time, taking smoke breaks every couple of hours. Even working with tax returns with a cell phone on talking or whatever they are doing. The problem is the American work ethic in the younger populaton. They seem to be lacking one. It makes me worry for the future of our country. Fed employee
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  • As far as the Federal government is concerned...
    StarTrek1701
    You want to complain about those that keep their jobs while performing LESS than "fully successful" (the standard the Fed as established for keeping an employee), go ahead. And I will give you credit for the frequent smoking breaks; my personal pet peeve. But, everything else, sorry; you're completely out-of-line. The Fed establishes the criteria for performance standards. As long as that person continues to perform at or (as many do) above those standards, no one has the right to call anyone a slacker. In fact, many of us have become masters of multi-tasking with what we have been asked to do; sometimes over and above our documented job descriptions.
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  • As far as the Federal government is concerned...
    StarTrek1701
    You want to complain about those that keep their jobs while performing LESS than "fully successful" (the standard the Fed as established for keeping an employee), go ahead. And I will give you credit for the frequent smoking breaks; my personal pet peeve. But, everything else, sorry; you're completely out-of-line. The Fed establishes the criteria for performance standards. As long as that person continues to perform at or (as many do) above those standards, no one has the right to call anyone a slacker. In fact, many of us have become masters of multi-tasking with what we have been asked to do; sometimes over and above our documented job descriptions.
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  • IRS SLackers
    Linda
    I worked in the service center prior to going to a POD. There wasn't a whole lot of slackers that I saw there either. I am not saying there are none, but if they have a manager worth the name, they don't last long. The one that got fired in my POD, the lack of performance was strickly due to the cell phone time on personal calls. Management just need to manage. ......................... And yes, many years ago, I saw manager's give excellent reviews to employees to get rid of them and make them someone else's problem. I don't see that where I am now.
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  • Yep,...
    StarTrek1701
    That's right. It's all Mike's fault. ;-)
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  • IRS Slackers
    Bud
    I started with IRS way back in 1967 and worked as a field agent,front line manager,and then as a mid/high level manager in the district,HQ,computing centers and service center campus.Almost all IRSers work and are not slackers.HQ has the biggest percentage of slackers.The union,NTEU,has hamstrung managers as they try to document and remove the non producers.I always advise managers to do the documentation and get rid of the slackers.If an administrative law judge wants to overrule you in 2 years,fine;but you've done your job as a manager.
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  • The NTEU
    Moderate
    I am not in management. I have a different attitude towards union rights. Most of my managers are competent or better. However, if they want to get rid of someone, they must show that the person is not working up to standard. This involves true documentation of work and not documentation of baloney. This takes work, but if you are a good manager, it can be done. And if an administrative judge overrules you, then you have not done your job properly and have caused a great deal of needless suffering. The best example would be if you were deprived of your income for 2 years and then given back pay. I do not think you would appreciate that.--------------- Do your job properly and you should have no problems.
    worker
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  • They Definitely Do Exist
    X-taxman
    Bud, my background is very similar to yours. And although I agree that most IRS employees are dedicated and hard working, there is definitely a good number of slackers throughout the agency. They know how to work the system, with help from NTEU, and they know their paychecks will keep coming no matter what. In my district (back when we had districts) the Director issued a mandate to my Assistant Division Chief that NO grievances were to advance to his level. And very few if any ever did. To the best of my knowledge, no district employee was ever fired for performance, at least in my division. All front line managers knew that the District was run by NTEU, and not the cojone-less upper management. For that reason, performance cases were very rarely ever initiated by front line managers although there certainly were many cases where they should have been. And heaven help the poor front line mgr that did start a performance case as they were always met with apathy and zero support from upper mgmt. These cases never made it out of the district, much less to an administrative judge! I don't think anything has changed, sad to say.
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  • Then that is the fault of management and not NTEU
    Moderate
    NTEU did not run the show based on your comments. Your manager or higher ran the show and made his position known. Blame the Director.
    worker
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  • Look Again
    X-taxman
    I DID place the blame squarely with the Director. Keep up. That doesn't change the fact that NTEU ran the District. It's a little better under the 'new' organization, but not much.
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  • NTEU rules?
    Moderate
    If you say that NTEU runs the district, then you are blaming NTEU. Please write correctly.-------------The Director maintains policies. NTEU will negotiate based on employee rights, as specified in the contract, but management can yea or nay it. If management nays it, and management's position violates the contract, then, of course, management's position should be overturned. But that does not mean NTEU rules.
    worker
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  • 'deed They Do!
    X-taxman
    Mod, you could probably benefit from one of those Leisure Learning courses on composition and comprehension. Of course I can, and do, blame upper management for virtually granting NTEU to formulate, modify or delete District policy. Why would I 'blame' NTEU for taking advantage of the power District management gave them??? That would be kinda silly, dontcha think?? No, the situation was created 100 percent by management, and consequently therein lies the 'blame' (I think accountability is a better term).
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  • Federal goof-offs
    Jeremiah
    Mr. Berry should take his own advice. OPM has done little to deal with its own under-performers, whose number - if not legion - is still significant, and can be seen on view in the TRB every day. The old saying about being careful to cast stones if one who lives in a glass house applies in full force to him and his senior management minions.
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  • Reducing Fed Work Force
    Bonkers
    Since the Fed. Gov. went paperless in the past few years, there is an abundence of "slackers" who really don't have much at all to do. It's rediculous to think that with all the electronic resources we now have to streamline nearly every process in the Fed. Gov. that the Administration doesn't further streamline and cost-cut by letting anyone go on an early out/buy out who can and will go, eliminate the positions that really are no longer necessary, combine left-over duties/responsibilities and give them to someone who can't retire yet. We have had so much dead weight in my agency for years now, dead weight that is only here because there's really no WAY to eliminate the person in the position, although there really are no tasks or responsibilities for the person. And why is it that "reorganizations" cost so much money??? It shouldn't cost a thing!
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