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  • 10% reduction
    FedDude
    Certainly the govt can afford some "secret shoppers" who meander thru the various agencies and question management about employees that seem to have little to do so where there is surplus is identified. Picture the govt as a team to provide services to the public that is paying their wages. If a football team with 3 quarterbacks removed 3 per position, who would the center snap the ball to? And there would have to be 4 centers for the ball to be snapped. Of course a guard or tackle could take the center's place if there were more than 3 of them. Why does a baseball team have 8 or 9 pitchers and only 1 or 2 3rd basemen? When we are in a budget crisis why would the govt reduce the IRS work force at the same per centage as an agency that costs money versus one that collects money? How many fewer planes could we build to start balancing the budget. Could the fact a manufacturer is paying workers double time on Sunday to build a plane have an impact on the cost? Better get back to work before the "secret shopper" suggestion is taken seriously!
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  • Your suggestion
    Moderate
    Your suggestion has one problem. No one can work 8 hours per day. That causes the quality of work to go down. Also, there may not be work for some time period, but there may be an overflow of work in another time period. This may involve people on the phone. My conclusion is that just observations do not work.
    worker
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  • Federal Reduction
    Linda
    What Congress needs to do is to look at what Federal Agencies duplicate each other. If there is enough over lap merge them into one. If not, then cut the duplicate function from one and move that work to the other. Federal employees could have the option of a buy out, move with the job, or a job swap. I understand there is a lot of duplication in the welfare systems, housing and education. A lot of the Social Programs could stand to be reduced, or better monitored from the few who take advancage of the loopholes and lack of oversite to basically steal from the government. ....................IRS needs to be staffed up, not down. I work there, we are way over worked and understaffed. And of course, a hiring freeze due to the budget shortfall. Why implement a hiring freeze when lack of budget already does that job?
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  • Work Duplication
    Moderate
    You work for the IRS in some capacity. Have you worked in the welfare agency, whatever that is, housing, and education? Do you know someone who works in those agencies? I do not work for any of them and have no idea about work duplication there.----I will agree that, perhaps better monitoring is necessary (or better computer systems) to catch the fraud. But this would take more people and/or more expertise, which raises salary costs (heaven forbid) It might reduce costs if the fraud is reduced. And, if the person caught is referred to the IRS for an audit of income, and the associated penalties, perhaps the fraud would be reduced even more.----------The concept is good, but the Repubs might not buy into it.
    worker
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  • Work Duplication
    Moderate
    You work for the IRS in some capacity. Have you worked in the welfare agency, whatever that is, housing, and education? Do you know someone who works in those agencies? I do not work for any of them and have no idea about work duplication there.----I will agree that, perhaps better monitoring is necessary (or better computer systems) to catch the fraud. But this would take more people and/or more expertise, which raises salary costs (heaven forbid) It might reduce costs if the fraud is reduced. And, if the person caught is referred to the IRS for an audit of income, and the associated penalties, perhaps the fraud would be reduced even more.----------The concept is good, but the Repubs might not buy into it.
    worker
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  • Gov Staffing
    Scout
    Just curious, how many additional government jobs have been created in this Administration i.e. As part of the Stimulus Package?
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  • To scout
    Moderate
    Alarge quantity of jobs were government created to get us out of the Bush depression.
    worker
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  • Federal Workforce Reductions
    Robert D.
    The only amicable way to properly reduce the federal workforce is to weed out the dead weight and RIF them. Unfortunately the only way to do that is to rely on the discretion of individual managers to identify the dead weight and the problem is that some, not all but some managers would politicise the process and not identify freinds and relatives as dead weight, but instead identify those that they did not like for non-work related reasons. Someone, would have to be in charge of reviewing the Manager suggestions to verify his claims. Perhaps this appointed individual could talk to co-workers and others who the employee interacts with regularly to help determine the validity of the managers assessment. For instance if you can not identify individual who this employee interacts with, chance are the employee is not performing and the manager is correct. On the other-hand if you identify a multitude of business associates and most speak hightly of the individual, it would indicate that the manager had other motives. On a side note I read your daily Federal Reports religiously but they have been so depressing lately that I can not wait to get to the Useless Factoid at the end. Signed A live-weight with a bad manager.
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  • Don't RIF the IRS?
    SecondTimothy
    I'm getting just a little tired of indignant IRS employees lecturing us that any cuts should not apply to them because they 'bring in more money than they cost'. Give it a break! I wish they'd just pass a FAIR tax and can the lot of you. We got along just fine without an IRS before 1862.
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  • To Second Timothy
    Moderate
    You cannot be serious. First, there was no constitutional income tax until an amendment to the Constitution was passed around 1916 (the date is close if not accurate). And you think the government raised revenue without an enforcement agency? That means people paid taxes voluntarily (laugh, laugh, laugh) Second, there is a very large gap between tax revenue collected and tax revenue that should be collected. This is with an enforcement agency with auditors, collection people, criminal investigators, computer usage (very critical). If it wasn't for an enforcement agency that very large gap would yawn much wider. Look at the corruption in other countries and you will find the tax evasion here is much less than there because of an enforcement agency.-----------------Please advise us as to what is a fair tax and why. Note that the Internal Revenue Code has two purposes. One is obviously to raise revenue. The second is to subsidize certain activities such as home ownership, research in various activities, helping those who live in high tax states and cities, etc.
    worker
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  • Cuts
    Bud
    FYI,Lincoln instituted a temporary income tax during the civil war.There was no permanent income tax until 1913.The country survived quite well during 1865-1913 without an income tax.That's food for thought.Just for your gee whiz file, the 1913 tax was 1% with the promise it wouldn't go any higher.Then we entered WWar 1 in 1917 and income tax rates went up.
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  • Income Tax
    Moderate
    I am going by memory, which is not good, but wasn't there an income tax declared unconstitutional? I do not remember which one it was or when.----------You might also want to look at the economic conditions then, especially for the middle class, if there was one. Things are much different now and much better for the middle class. You also might want to look at the activities of the upper economic class then and now. Monopolies, union busting through violence, voodoo medicines, (elixirs) highway building, and numerous other things. These activities take money which could be why we have a larger income tax. That is also food for thought.-----
    worker
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