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  • As much as I dislike Obama,
    kenifer47
    McCain, I'm glad you lost. You are an idiot! Putting the cut in funding to the DoD on the Federal workforce is the dumbest thing you've said or done since picking Palin as a running mate. With all the programs that can be cut, the fraud, waste, and abuse that comes out every year in audit after audit. The pillaging of the DoD budget by Contractors for decades and you go after the Federal worker! You have gone senile. It's time to retire. And oh, yes, you should be ashamed of yourself. I would be happy to sit down with you and discuss this, Federal employee to dolt anytime.
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  • Couldn't agree more!
    mylabs
    "With all the programs that can be cut, the fraud, waste, and abuse that comes out every year in audit after audit. The pillaging of the DoD budget by Contractors for decades and you go after the Federal worker!" With over 25 years of service as a fed in DoD I've seen many an area where cuts can be taken that would not affect the federal workforce in such an unfair way. Leave it to our out of touch "leaders" to come up with another counter-productive option instead of addressing the real issues. No confidence vote for Congress here!
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  • Fraud runs DoD
    deployed decoy
    Can not agree more with you guys. A few years ago I found out that we were paying $600,000 a year for most of a satellite transponder, just in case we needed it. Well DISA has all the space segment ever needed and if a whole Ku transponder was needed in a rush, they could get one for a month or two for a low less. I could tell many more stories like this one over the last 12 years with DoD.Know that using a LOT of bandwidth is by Soldiers loading 8Mb pictures all (work) day on Facebook, I see it EVERY day. This week I worked a expired contract that we just kept using. The vender thus far has waived some $75,000 in unauthorized ratification fees. But that was conditional we paid going forward from Jan 1st this year. Well January has passed. The vender was still willing to absorb the costs that the US Govt incurred. But that is now not going to happen. I could have paid my full annual salary on this one project. but stuck on stupid won out. Not only do we need to trim the work force by 5%, I suggest the top 10% of leaders all are replaced with 5 GS11s that work for a living.
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  • Yup, But It Works Both Ways.
    weecosse
    Years ago I was working on a team that was moving computer systems and workload from a contractor owned and operated facility to a Government facility. It meant that the workload would be integrated into existing Government IT processing facilties and operated by Government employees. Part of my job was to determine what training would be needed. During my research I found that the contractor had been charging the Government $500,000.00 annually for 10 years to provide training. The further I got I found that they had not provided any training after the first year. The idiot Government contracting officer, and the Government task order manager, did not do any checking during the term of the contract to find out if training was being provided. On the other side, the contractor was taking the 500K each year and their training team was providing training, not associated with our contract, and getting money for that too working on other sitting. When I briefed my boss he went into our weekly meeting with the contractor, laid the facts on the table and gave them one month to return $9.5MIL to the Government or face fraud charges. We had the check within one week and had them blacklisted for a years - they were a BIG contractor too.
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  • Nice petard, Congress
    True_Bob
    I suppose it's too much to ask for Congress to honor their own conditions. Nobody forced them to come up with the sequestration scheme, but they did it, and nobody forced the Stupor Committee to fail, but they failed. And now that the Congress has to lay in the bed they themselves made, they want to replace it with one made from those soft, soft feds' hides. Children understand repercussions better than these privileged characters. /massive eyeroll/
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  • No pay raise without fairness.
    Kinsman
    It was the Senate Demogoges that rejected the DoD request to once again establish cost and FTE reductions through competition with the private sector. And before Feds get all crazy about pay, some fairness is needed before agencies convert any more existing private employee jobs to give to more Feds. 16 percent more pay and no competition for commercial contractible work is wrong. Just who or what do you feds think you are?
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  • Stupid is as Stupid does
    Tea Party = Toilet Paper Party
    Kinsman: it sounds like you could not pass a simple postal exam, given your flawed logic. It's no wonder why you are jealous. And show me where a fed worker who is a admin assistant within the DC area is getting paid 16% more than an admin assistant in the private sector, within the same locale? Kick out the Tea Baggers. They make money hand over fist in the private sector and still take home a federal salary. and they complain about gov't spending??
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  • Feds
    Sam B
    "16 percent more pay and no competition for commercial contractible work is wrong. Just who or what do you feds think you are?" I don't make nearly 16% more than my private counterpart. However, that comparison is unfair as it doesn't take into account the fact that many federal employees can hold a security clearance while many of their private counterparts would be denied due to drug use, financial issues, etc. If I lived my entire life in a squeaky clean way and have never touched drugs, pay off all my debts, and never evaded taxes which all make me a good candidate for my clearance, why SHOULDN'T I make more than someone who studied the same field of study but made other life choices that would preclude him or her from a clearance? Secondly, I don't work for the DOD. Why should I be punished because THEY might not be competing a contract openly and fairly? I have no control over that.
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  • a few years ago
    deployed decoy
    Google this one. A not to be named federal agency used a GSA FEDSIM contract on Ft Huachuca for Radio Frequency identification interrogators. Those are the radios mounted on telephone poles that read RF tags as trucks drive in the gate. What they got, was CACI Inc. way over paid contractors that lets say interrogated (with water boards) folks in Iraq that Soldiers are still in jail for. After following CACI instruction to loosen them up some with college level pranks. Many contractors I hear at lunch brag about the 16 hours pay they get each day and tax free status of that pay. The last base operations contract (CSA Inc) in Kuwait, required all their employees to have Kuwait bank accounts so CSA could move even more tax free money to them off the US banking system books. We all have read about KBR. What I see every day is ripe to put senior officials in jail, forget retirement. Until those folks are jailed, nothing is ever going to change.
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  • @ Sam B
    ITGEEK
    You sound like a disgruntle contractor who's whining about your pay because you're not smart enough to negotiate with your company who's making 100%+ profit from your spot that they're milking the government for. As for the unfairness of clearance there is something call a 5 year renew where they dig everything up. If you're shady then you lose your clearance, the process doesn't discriminate if you're private or federal. We also have random drug test for all federal people in our organization. All the unfair practices that you're whining about are from members of congress themselves. For some reason they're the only group of civilians who seems to be immune to the laws that the rest of us has to follow.
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  • Re:
    Sam B
    "You sound like a disgruntle contractor" Well, you'd be wrong. And since that's the basis for your entire argument, your entire argument is useless. And you completely missed my point about the clearance. I'm not talking about re-investigations or what comes up during them. I don't know where you pulled that from, but it has nothing to do with what I said. For someone who insults someone else's intelligence, you certainly need to brush up on your reading comprehension.
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  • RE: ITGEEK
    deployed decoy
    It is 10 years for a run of the mill secret clearance, 5 for TS. Also know that unless it changed in the last couple years, DoD TS means nothing to a federal agency under the Home Land Security umbrilla. You must start over. Might have to do with DoD giving TS access to high school drop outs and gang members. CACI was still raping the Govt last time I checked maybe with those gang member security clarances. DoD also a few months ago released a formal policy, that in the future all services contracts need to start following the A76 process. I wonder how many contract positions will be terminated as contract renewals come around this year. Given every fed has 2 or 3 contractors in my work area. But not following FAR and federal contract procedures is exaclty why Germany is going to win big. There wont be a single US contractor on the pay roll before a German national is cut... Why cant the US Govt provide the same basic labor protections to us decoys...
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  • Not exactly
    cubedweller
    The CBO report -- if it is accurate -- found that some Feds are overpaid and some are underpaid. Feds with advanced degrees and in highly technical fields are often underpaid by as much as 23%. Do you honestly think a rational response is to cut everyone's pay across the board? That is like using a broadsword when you need a scalpel. Besides, circumstances dictate pay. Even in the private sector, people can get wildly different salaries for the same job for a variety of reasons. Taking a statistical measure of these jobs doesn't really tell us much except that statistical analyses are unreliable and can be interpreted in any number of ways.
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  • Kinsman
    ITGEEK
    Ok so if you were lazy and didn't want to be educated..got lucky and work for the feds then perhaps based on the report you are ahead 16% However if you got yourself a 4 years or above in some professional degree then you're BEHIND what the private is paying, what 20%+ behind? Do your math Kinsman is 16% of say 30k a year a lot compare to say 20%+ of 100k+ ? Take your teabaggin flock and march off to some corner of the US and stay there please.
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  • Take money from Federal Civilians and move them to Federal Contracts
    ITGEEK
    Is it really that unclear to some folks from my subject lines? How many times have we seen already of the onslaught of assaults from GOP to do this. GOP has to much to gain with contracting companies milking Uncle Sam. It's not even milking, it's more of legal robbery. What they want is even less govies and more contractors. Any federal civilian who still wants to vote GOP should quit your job. You're not doing the rest of us any favors. This isn't another political war, how could it when one side of the spectrum clearly is looking to screw civilians over time and time again...
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  • I guess to adhere to the findings and make things right we must
    NormalDude
    cut pay and deny healthcare to the low skilled government workers and give highly educated/skilled workers a $30K - 40K raise. This opinion was from an editorial in the Washington Post a day or two ago. This demonstrates the total lack of understanding (Or the will to understand) by many politicians. They are relying on an uneducated/disgruntled voter base to give them props for these meaningless (in the whole picuture) moves. Every cent of our national debt was caused by elected officials. Not you, not me, not bubba in the heartland. They broke it, they have to fix it. Our elected officials have shown no ability to do that outside of freezing federal pay, which really accomplishes nothing.
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