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  • Sequestrations and RIFs?
    Lisa Lisa
    Is it possible in any of the upcoming scenarios where RIFs could take place? If so, how could that play out? I guess it would be a great way to get rid of those employees who arent cutting the mustard-or can it? Would the question be in a RIF within these crisis'-Can we function without this person? Are managerial folks lets say at the GS14 level be at risk?
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  • RIF
    Cindi
    RIF's don get rid of those employees who aren’t cutting the so called "mustard". Coming from the world of Submission Processing RIF's have been many, but the same people continue to move from one Business Operation to another. The union is really good at moving these people and keeping their jobs so you still have employees who could not keep a job a McDonalds.
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  • RIFS
    Moderate
    Stop bl;aming the unions Cindi. Rifs are based on seniority and perhaps evaluation. The score is computed and then rifs are started. This stops management favoritism.
    worker
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  • They do _not_ all do it, Mike.
    Jerry A.
    The part reporters get wrong in the "See, they all do it." meme is that the Democrats have not shut down the government while negotiating. The Democrats counted their votes in advance, knew they did not have ability to cause damage, and voted symbolically. The Republicans have caused harm. They shut down the government in 1995 - 1996 when they controlled the House. They did it again even worse in 2011, this time causing the credit rating of the government to drop from AAA for the first time in history. Now they are threatening to default on the bills they already voted to spend, causing even more harm. (Would you hire anyone who promised to wreck your Accounting office and shut down your company? No? Then why vote them into office?)
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  • Reinventing history
    contrarian
    Not trying to take sides, but this version of history sure is. Congress has to give President a budget or bill (passed in House and Senate) to sign. Any one of the three can cause a problem. The blame is just a PR game.
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  • Budgets?
    FERS Fed
    Budgets and appropriations bills have nothing to do with each other.
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  • Legislative process
    contrarian
    Then please explain how appropriations by continuing resolution are constitutional? I don't think we're operating as the Founders had planned.
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  • Ding Ding!
    Mc
    They didn't plan on our reps being unethical on both sides. Money is like cocaine to these people. That will soon change.
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  • Dependency
    Joe
    Handing out money in whatever form (welfare, SS,unemployment, programs, grants, tax breaks, etc.) to voters is the cocaine. The voters are junkies and the government is a pusher. It's time for the junkies to go to rehab and the pusher to be stopped.
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  • Dependency
    Moderate
    yeh, let them starve instead. Or perhaps you can build more jails and store them at $50,000 per person. Or you can find them jobs that they can live on. Good luck.
    worker
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  • Blame both sides
    Moderate
    I have no evidence that continuing resolutions are unconstitutional. However, both sides are to blame. There is a huge gulf between the 2 parties. The Repubs though are very difficult to negotiate with unlike in the past. The filibuster is used much more frequently now.
    worker
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  • "...explain how appropriations by continuing resolution are constitutional"?
    FERS Fed
    Continuing resolutions continue programs for a specified period of time at the same spending levels as previously APPROPRIATED, usually refering to the specific public law that provided the funding. Budgets have nothing to do with it. That's how Congress can declare an Administration's budget 'DOA' (dead on arrival).
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  • Yes, I Vote for Smaller Government!
    JBsPoint2Ponder
    Yes, I will continue to vote for representatives who see the big picture and care for the long term success of our country. As a government employee, I want smaller government. The key is not an across the board percentage cut, but target cut to functions that are not essential (or appropriate for federal government) or we cannot afford since it creates a debt to be paid by our children and grandchildren … a form of child abuse?
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  • Would you be willing
    wisenekt
    to give up your job if it made the government smaller? Would you be willing to let an area head into a recession if it meant that the government was smaller? I am talking amount real deductions, not just the stupid government employee/contractor game that is played. While smaller government is a nice idea, the truth is the ecomony cannot handle it since so many businesses really on the government to keep running. For smaller government, we have to reshape America as a whole and that means there will be many, many years of pain to go along with it.
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  • Business As Usual, No Longer An Option
    ben
    Soon, business as usual, will no longer be an option. Recessions, within an area, are usually caused by local leadership, no amount of federal intercession will lift it out. Managing the distress of the unemployed is the best it can do. If government intercession caused good economies, the PIGS would be shining examples of prosperities, not nations that its populace is fleeing. The Economist's cover with baguettes wrapped in a French flag, with attached fuse, is chilling. Next, bomb to go off in the EU,
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  • Economic Downturns
    Moderate
    I thought recessions were caused by economic actions. That is national for the most part. Do you call the Bush and the Republicans Depression of 2007 local?
    worker
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  • That's right
    Mc
    Yes, there will be pain because we borrow 4.8 billion dollars per day of the 10 billion we've ramped up the gov't per daily expense. Iraq, Libya, and now Syria, not to mention the "inexpensive" (not really) drone wars currently in operation. Giving trillions to the banks for what? To keep their friends in cash. It would have been cheaper to print up 310 million dollars and give each citizen a million than having the Fed give trillions to their buddy, J. Dimon and company.
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  • Debt Cost
    ben
    Service (interest) to the national debt costs $360 billion annually, or over 11 percent of the budget. That must be reduced, or service to the debt will be the largest item in the budget in less than 20 years. Extracting another $1 trillion in taxes, annually, would kill the economy. Cutting personnel benefits is nickel and diming, but it looks good to the voters. The only true solution is cutting programs and reducing many existing programs. True, a smaller work force, but one that should be paid fairly and treated well. The fault lies not with ourselves, but in those who run the place.
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  • Not realistic
    Moderate
    And what do you do with the unemployed? our economy still stinks. You cannot expect them to work for minimum wages without benefits. Medical is too expensive to buy on your own. Nice theory, but very unreal until the economy starts moving.
    worker
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  • Government Actions The Problem
    ben
    Present government actions are the problem, not the solution. That's why we have the longest recession since WWII.
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  • Really?
    Moderate
    The present problems started with Bush and the Republicans not controlling the housing industry. That had a great deal to do with the depression which still affects us. The present administration came in after the fact. Please stop with the newspeak.
    worker
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  • Government Layoffs...
    renagade112
    What I'd like to know is where is "Management" with regards to laying off those that simply do not pull their weight?? Why does the government insist on "Blanket" layoffs... instead of relying on management to weed out the weaklings?? Ive never understoof the concept of Blanket Layoffs. I have heard stories of people "Sleeping" on the job... and it being impossible to fire someone. Now... we have engrained a atmosphere in which management actually has given up on weeding out those that just dont deserve a job in the government... Amazing that the government acts in this fashion.
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  • Weeding Out
    CAfed
    Not really, look what got reelected to sit in the White House. Ever check on all the unnecessary spending that goes on there? That would be a good place to start to show the country what is really needed - living within your means.
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  • Dems don't have the stomach for spending cuts
    Rob
    Unfortunately the debt ceiling debate is the only way the GOP can get the Dems to address the real problem facing this country. We're not under taxed folks. We spend too much freakin money and the Dems have no desire to address it.
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  • Economics
    Moderate
    As soon as we get out of the economic mess your friends left us in, then we can have surpluses.
    worker
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  • Weed out the Repubs
    Moderate
    Thank the Bush and the Republicans for the depression. That is why you have all of this"unnecessary" spending. At least we got rid of George Bush and his friends. Thank g-d the pig with lipstick did not get the VP job.
    worker
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  • Again, Wrong
    ben
    Bush didn't cause the recession. Government policy, bank and lending reaction to the policies and Fannie/Frannie injecting $1 trillion into the housing market caused the problem. Europe is suffering the same recession for similar reasons. Canada isn't because they got their house in order a decade ago. For VP, we got a court fool who was exposed to Joker gas.
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  • Newspeak by Ben and Rob.
    Moderate
    Great comments FERS FED. Additionally, Bush and the Republicans failed to monitor the loan crisis that developed into the huge economic crisis which was a depression. And I agree. Ben and Rob speak newspeak very well.
    worker
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  • Come on Mod!
    Rob
    Ben is exactly right. The economy collapsed because one party in particular thought it was a RIGHT to own a home and forced banks into making loans to people who couldn't afford them. GWB just happened to be the president when it all blew up. Go back and look at the facts Moderate. It was GWB who asked for reforms at Fannie and Freddie. Your pal Barney Frank said no way.
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  • To Rob
    Moderate
    Ben is exactly wrong. And so are you. Yes, encouraging home ownership started during the Clinton era. However, it exploded during the Bush era. Bush did nothing to control the abuses that cropped up.----You speak newspeak very well Rob. Next time speak the truth.
    worker
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  • Whatta buncha BS
    FERS Fed
    ONE President of ONE party during TWO administrations took the country into TWO wars, declared the costs of those wars off-budget, and ADDED another unpaid for 'entitlement' (MEDICARE prescriptions). ONE President of ONE party took these actions even though the increased costs of the baby-boomer generation's retirement has been known for decades. Did ONE President of ONE party -- handed a federal budget producing surpluses -- take any actions such as paying down the federal debt to begin preparing the country for these rising costs? Nope. That ONE President of ONE party cut taxes, which further enriching 1% of the population. Its laughable that ONE party, whose economic policies and fiscal practices caused the worst recession since the Great Depression (whose economic policies caused that disaster, too), now claims to be the party of fiscal prudence.
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  • Other points
    Linbob
    It's interesting that some keep saying the Dems are the big spenders/big government. Reagan and Dubya expanded government, spent like there was no tomorrow (of course, they would not be in office when the excrement hit the fan). Now, with the gun control arguement, the Dems/President is an elitist hypocrite. Elitist? How many GOPers went to ivy league schools? Hypocrites, well, it takes one to know one.
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  • One Reason is Because
    Fed1979
    Management does not have the power to lay off anyone and they are not trusted to get rid of those that are not pulling their weight. Too many personal feelings get involved until it is no longer an unbiased process. RIF is not perfect but it's the best we have in making real cuts to the workforce.
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  • One Reason is Because
    Fed1979
    Management does not have the power to lay off anyone and they are not trusted to get rid of those that are not pulling their weight. Too many personal feelings get involved until it is no longer an unbiased process. RIF is not perfect but it's the best we have in making real cuts to the workforce.
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