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  • CUTTING WORKFORCE
    Kenny Ray
    First, to the trolls out there who believe all government workers are overpaid, underworked, etc, please bypass this post, you will not agree with it and I am not trying to convince you to. Mr. Morin hit the nail on the head with his comment, "If somebody tells me the workload's going down, I'll say, 'OK, I might be able to take a civilian cut.' But I don't see that happening." That statemenet applies to the private sector as well. The constant push to improve productivity is resulting in more and more work being loaded on to those remaining. What is the incentive for government or any private sector employer to rehire workers if the mission/business keeps on track with no reduction? Will they begin rehiring if the economy improves to reduce burnout of their employees? I doubt it. Why bother? There will always be another human wave behind the present workforce scrambling for jobs. Instead of focusing on cutting employees, start focusing on cutting MISSION, then eliminate that employees associated with that mission.
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  • CUTTING WORKFORCE
    Kenny Ray
    First, to the trolls out there who believe all government workers are overpaid, underworked, etc, please bypass this post, you will not agree with it and I am not trying to convince you to. Mr. Morin hit the nail on the head with his comment, "If somebody tells me the workload's going down, I'll say, 'OK, I might be able to take a civilian cut.' But I don't see that happening." That statemenet applies to the private sector as well. The constant push to improve productivity is resulting in more and more work being loaded on to those remaining. What is the incentive for government or any private sector employer to rehire workers if the mission/business keeps on track with no reduction? Will they begin rehiring if the economy improves to reduce burnout of their employees? I doubt it. Why bother? There will always be another human wave behind the present workforce scrambling for jobs. Instead of focusing on cutting employees, start focusing on cutting MISSION, then eliminate that employees associated with that mission.
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  • Cutting the Workforce
    Kinsman
    If you are so sure of yourselves, compete for the work like the rest of us. Oh, wait can't do that until the full costs are designed to be calculated to make sure the competition is BS too. Respect will only come with a level playing field.
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  • Kins
    JHunt
    What? Do you have any idea how Feds are hired? Do you think we just "walk" into a job? AND we had a pay for performace thing called NSPS and the great Savior got rid of it becuase his union buddies didn't like it. If you want some of our "easy" money apply for a job, wait the 90+ days it takes just to make the list. Interview for it, submit your drug test and make sure you are on top of your game for the 1st year then you can keep it. If not be quiet and move on.
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  • What???
    Eliavaa
    What do you mean compete? When I hire for the USG, I have to make a huge spreadsheet that details the attributes that I want in my hiree and come up with a ranking scheme from 1-5 that rates each resume based on those attributes from the position description. I then read each resume and assign a rank on the spreadsheet based on the details given in that resume. Everyone in USG does it the same way. So I don't know what you mean. Are you not getting work that you apply for? If so, then you're not selling yourself very well in your resume for a particular job.
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  • Kinsman is one of those people who got fat during the "good years" and belittled
    tncem
    government employees as lazy and uneducated. Now that he or she is unemployed, he or she wished it was even employed at all, especially by the government!!! Sorry you had to trade your castle for a cardboard box Kinsman. If only you were more hire-able.....
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  • You just don't get it
    Just me
    I can tell you that Congress has only ever wanted us (feds) to do three things: work for less money than the private sector; work devotedly despite their constant attacks on our work ethic, character, and compensation; work on being gone, because (despite their lip service) they don't really value our service. When Congress talks about federal employees (other than the military) they pretty much want there to be less of us, workload not withstanding. Then they wonder why new college grads have pretty much said they're not interested in a job in the federal service.
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  • Well Said!
    Wiseone
    Well said by Work and Morin. We need more leaders like them. I'm surprised there was only one Troll here so far demonizing federal civilian workers. Most of us are pretty hard workers who often don't make as much as our counterparts outside the goverment in a similar position. Our advantage is it takes longer for economic swings to affect us, but as we're seeing now, eventually they do. When I heard of the upcoming furloughs, it didn't bother me. As a civilian, I sometimes feel a little guilty that I make a decent salary (not that I don't work hard for it!) when others outside the government are struggling because of the current economy. So I figured taking some time off and not getting paid is "just doing my part" and I'm OK with that. I understand the need and we have enough in savings to carry us through. But the flip side of this is that while I feel OK doing my part, I see so much waste around me, from buying unneeded furniture because "we have to spend the money this year or we'll lose it next year" to "let's pump money to third-world countries that only want the US destroyed." As an example, I heard on the radio yesterday that our military (EUCOM Civil Military Operations Program) is giving $4.5 million USD to Latvia, including $1.5 mil towards 10 Latvian fire departments over the next five years to remodel their buildings with new doors, new heating systems and new lights so they can be "warmer and have better lighting". I understand the value of goodwill, but hearing about what I perceive as "unbalanced" priorities makes it a lot harder to feel OK about doing my part - like I am giving up my salary to pay for some Latvian's heater. Many I am sure, like me, are willing to suffer cuts as part of the greater good, but we also want them to be fair and equitable across the board and want congress to quit wasting money on things like using US tax dollars to study ways to better the lives of Chinese prostitues (no kidding, they did that).
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