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  • The way we were
    Budgetweenie
    Mike, after 34 creditable years I yanked the rip chord. I remember feeling a usefulness in doing the best I believed in for the good of the country (in most positions held). I always tried to get through the snow storms to arrive at work, on time, when there was a possibility of success. On occasion, even when there was little chance. The feeling of making a contribution and, perhaps, even a difference, no matter how slight, was all I needed to be motivated. Being appreciated was always a way of keeping that motivation. During the passage of time spent as a Fed it wasn't a constant to feel appreciated, but in today's somewhat convoluted state, it is apparent Feds are not appreciated, either by the general public or by many managers. Stress can do that to people. Changing people into calloused, hardened and/or apathetic droids is a lousy outcome. I know we could do better.
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  • The way we were
    Kenny Ray
    Thank you for a thoughtful post that eloquently expresses the thoughts and feelings of many of us former and soon to be former feds. Ironically the treatment of federal employees by Congress and the continual malicious diatribes against them by the public is creating the very type of federal workforce they are portraying.
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  • It was better when hired, but now retired
    Honest Broker
    I had to sign out after 32 years after watching it go down hill. The politicians really screwed up when they allowed Govt influential personnel (senior military and civilians) to take jobs with the contractors. A 2 percent per year check at high levels is plenty, but people get greedy at the top and want more so they will jeopardize much to get it including our fiscal budget. Politicians tied the hands of Govt personnel to only outsource, so people only saw them observing work progress instead of working. Since I saw no changes in the next 10 years, I just got out when I could. POGO showed that contractors cost 2 to 5 times more than the cost of a Govt employee even when you figure in their benefits out to 83 years old. Our politicians are greedy, so Corp America rules now.
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  • The way we were
    SFGirl Jan
    I'm coming into my 25th year of Federal service (would have been my 28th but I lost 3 years due to a RIF in the mid-90's.) I have been, and still continue to be, a dedicated Federal worker, because I still have scruples, but I am infinitely more jaded than I was even 10 years ago. The past 5 or so years have changed my outlook greatly--I have seen incompetency rewarded, because it's easier than going through the motions and paperwork it takes to end someone's federal career. The pay freeze, for me, as a GS-5, has hit me hard, with everything increasing, including rent. I have budgeted and eliminated to the bone. If I get furloughed, the next thing that gets hit is my contribution to TSP, and I will be one unhappy person if I have to do that. It's bad enough that I will be working longer than I had anticipated because of this continuing pay freeze, but knowing I (and everyone else) is doing likewise because those in charge can't get their collective acts together is a disgrace. It won't ever happen, but until they do work things out, they should voluntarily forgo their salaries so they can know and feel a little of the pain the rank and file members of the Federal government are feeling. Just my two cents (which is going into my piggy bank!)
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  • Pay Freeze, Furloughs...
    Mountaineer
    Well said, Budgetweenie. I retire in 689 days -- enough said.
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  • Sequestation
    Lobo99
    This part of Congressman's Westmoreland's response to a email that I (James Coker)wrote him. "Congress has to make some very serious changes in the way Washington operates in order to begin digging out from under our debt and pass on a better country to our children and grandchildren. I truly believe we can reverse the destructive path we are currently on and save our country for future generations; but this will not be easy, and will not be overnight. However, as long as we are all willing to tighten our belts and continue to fight to reign in federal spending, then we will be successful. Please know I will continue to promote and support fiscally responsible legislation, and I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind regarding any future legislation dealing with sequestration." I promise you that none of his staff will ever go without 22 days of pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tighten our Belts? You have to be kidding me!!!!
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  • DC doesn't get it
    contrarian
    Watching the never ending flow of helicopters between WH & Andrews will illustrate the excess. Who are all those VIPs? Congress/House/Senate/President are all parties that should share blame. Any time one part is singled out for attack we lose a part of our democracy. That said, they all have the responsibility to govern, and the lack of budgets for 4 years proves it.
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  • Senate and Congress need to take heed...
    Alan
    Special Security details need to be eliminated. Car Services need to be eliminated. Staffs of local and Washington DC need to be reduced. Their Pension and Hospitalizations need to be reevaluated. Their pay needs to be predicated on Performance Based Statndards just as we Feds are required. If you dont produce a quality product, you are terminated. Forget multiple year positions, establish term limits now. OK, enough, but this 3rd year of pay freeze is really too much. Lets focus on the real problem in DC. Thanks.
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  • and don't forget....
    Rob
    How about POTUS stop, or at least suspend, his campaign trips across the country for no other purpose than to bash the GOP. Do you know how many furlough days could be saved if these ridiculous trips were stopped? They serve no purpose other than to further divide an already divided country.
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  • Zero furlough days would be saved, Rob.
    Jerry A.
    As usual, Rob gets it wrong. Zero furlough days would be "saved" by the President stopping pressure on the GOP, because the sequestration cuts are both across the board and inflexible. They were designed that way to force the House and Senate to negotiate. The Dems negotiated, and the GOP at first started, then stopped. The negotiation fell apart because Boehner only got 98% of what he wanted, but he could not convince the Tea Party wing of his own party to bargain in good faith. (And that is why the President needs to keep putting pressure on the GOP.)
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  • Nice try Jer
    Rob
    The GOP wanted to give Obama the authority to make the cuts where he saw fit and he declined. Ever hear of the adage "lead by example". Why doesn't POTUS cut out the unnecessary travel? Is it really necessary to play golf with Tiger Woods costing the tax payer $1 million at a time when thousands of feds face days on the street without pay?
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  • Nice try Rob
    Fedweb
    The GOP only "wanted to give Obama the authority to make the cuts where he saw fit" so that they could wash their hands of the mess they forced on the nation and point their greasy fingers at the White House in hopes that the ignorant masses who put them in charge of the House would swallow it. They had numerous chances to pass alternatives to sequestration after 2011 but the Tea Party Know-Nothings held firm on their goal of "ensuring that Obama (is) a one-term president" (how'd that work out by the way?) and refused to compromise. And here we are.
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  • what about the progressives?
    Rob
    The tea party in terms of its impact on the GOP is no different than the progressives on the Dems. Apparently there are many Dems who are willing to reform entitlements, but the progressive wing of your party will have nothing to do with it. Because Obama is part of the progressive wing of the party entitlement reform is not going to happen under his reign.
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  • Nice try rob
    Moderate
    The progressives are for the middle class and less fortunate. It is the tea party and their allies who are trying to stick it to the middle class by "reforming" social security by reducing its benefits, using the chained link method to "report" inflation, which determines your pension and social security increases, "reform" medicare via vouchers, which means we pay more, and cut taxes for the wealthy. The progressives must counter the money that the wealthy put inot politics.
    worker
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  • Nice try, "Moderate"
    Mc
    So when Obomba bombed Libya and caused four more wars (chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger) and set up a drone missile base in Niger last week that was different from Bush? Was that moderate, moderate? Bush = Obomba
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  • More conservative nonsense
    FERS Fed
    The fact is the President IS open to entitlement reform. Want proof? See the "Spending Savings from Superlative CPI with protections for vulnerable" line item in his latest offer to the Republicans at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/deficit_reduction_table_bucketed_r8.pdf. In exchange, the President requested the elimination of tax subsidies to oil companies (as if their profits aren't high enough). ..... The Republicans, of course, said no.
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  • Nice try?
    Maryland Mom
    Why don't we all quit putting the blame on the Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, and put the blame where it belongs...on the voters. We voted all those losers in to office. Yes, there are losers on both sides and we don't have time to count how many from each side. The "politics" of government is the problem. Any politician who wants to change the game to a nice team effort is eventually squashed and bullied into following the nasty politics game. If everyone who bashes Obama actually voted for someone else, anyone else, Obama wouldn't be the President. So voters and non-voters need to stand up and take it like a woman. Yes, there may be tears and a little too much emotion, but at least we'd accept the blame if due. My favorite text term, QYC, Quit Your Crying.
    Beach Mum
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  • More time off for DoD
    deployed decoy
    Well, I am in the final steps of a federal class action EEOC age based case. naming the SECDEF, Director of OPM and Army Secretary. The instant OPM goes final with the high 3 the Army came up with. We file. All goes back to NSPS and those lies. A very small percentage of folks took it in the shorts in NSPS. Mostly overseas special rate employees, but also the lowest grades and newest employees in the USA got screwed if they were special rate and didn't get the 30% IT bump as a GS5, and got RUS instead. I tried, begged, used MSPB, all to no avail to get this corrected in past years. With any luck the judge will rule on this by summer. Then following federal law, DOD must fund the damages snd back pay with interest out of current FY funds. Have a very nice extended vacation DoD, because you gotta know, payroll will be the only money left by that time this year. And better yet. All employees that do get back pay, by law cant be part of the massive LWOP the rest of you pay for. Thank your senior leadership for this mess.
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  • Marie A
    Mr Ed
    It's the "let them eat cake" analogy, and history reminds us the outcome of that comment.
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  • Out
    Turtlehead
    I thought of serving my country until 12/31/2014, but I will pull the plug in 21 days. 4/3/2013. The constant bashing from within and outside the government has taken its toll both mentally and physically. I will truly miss my peers. The others, not so much.
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  • good luck in retirement.
    Moderate
    I expect to be out soon.
    worker
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  • What's Not to Like???
    vetdude
    How about the people that created this calamity yet themselves are immune to it - Congress.
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  • Whats Not to Like???
    angelblueface
    I could not agree more with your statement. For want of a stronger word, I truly dislike congress (which does not deserve to capitalized: congress, not Congress). We need to vote them out of office. A bunch of old men who need to go somewhere and sit down.
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