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  • Sequestration Here To Stay
    jst
    I wonder if sequestration is going to be short lived or if it is going to hang around for a couple of years, i.e. 2015, 2016, maybe even further. Now that cuts are taking place, and the budgets stripped, I wonder if the norm will ever return. What is the prospect of any of those jobs that were vacated ever returning? I would venture to say no. Some in the rank an file are talking around the water cooler about furloughs being the norm for the next 2-3 years maybe even more for some agencies. Once the draconian feasting swings into full gear, those in high places will not want to let the cutting stop because of a thirst for more and more.
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  • No Soft Landing at IRS
    FederalEmployee
    "...as politicians realize that some government operations are, in fact, rather vital. Air traffic controllers, meat and poultry inspectors and FBI agents - to name a few - are the kind of people we miss when they are not around." Is this now a popularity contest? Few (if any) will complain on the days that we are shut down due to furloughs. I cannot speak for all 90,000 IRS employees; however those that I know are angry, demoralized and very unhappy. Yesterday I read the article regarding the dearth mid-career Feds....
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  • Actually, we've been hit twice at the IRS
    Sue from the IRS
    Between the furlough days, and losing paid performance awards, it really is as if we have been stuck with 14 furlough days here at the IRS, not the 5-7 publicized. Why would someone in their 30s or early 40s want to stay with an employer who gives them no opportunity to move up or to get a raise? If someone has health insurance through their spouse's employment, what motivation will the mid-career government employee have to stay.
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  • Finding A Career
    ben
    ... elsewhere, with most of the benefits. Don't count companies with government contracts. They are subject to sequestration, as well.
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  • Finding A Career
    ben
    ... elsewhere, with most of the benefits. Don't count companies with government contracts. They are subject to sequestration, as well.
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  • Popularity contest?
    contrarian
    Sure looks like it. Bummer for the losers.
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  • I Found Over a Billion Dollars to Save
    Radar Tech
    The FAA spends $500 million on consultants...we could cut that out and just expect people to know how to do the jobs they were hired to do. We could STOP SENDING $500 million to the Palestinians, $250 million to the Egyptian Brotherhood, and $100 million to the Syrians. There, I just saved $1.35 Billion. That's how you do it if anyone is interested. Maybe we could stop funding cow-f*a*r*t studies and Robert Mapplethorpe photos and biased NPR "news". That would save a bit more. We should also bring the troops home from Germany, Italy, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. If we do that sort of thing, we won't have to stop buying free phones for welfare folks. We need to have our priorities.
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  • Plenty of places to save, but instead count on a 2014 sequestration plan
    Honest Broker
    Radar Tech and others are right about there are plenty of ways to save if the politicians really wanted it. Consultants are really retired Govt influential people that these companies used to get their contracts, so this is their payback. Quit sending money overseas, so Corp America has leverage. Let them pay for it out of pocket. Extended contract services are over priced relative to just hiring them in the Govt (2011 Bad Business report from POGO.ORG). Gosh, no one loses their jobs but instead they get better benefits and job security. Unfortunately Govt employee are not known as big campaign contributors, so standby for the 2014 rounds of sequestration.
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  • Why can't Big Bird chip in some of his residuals?
    contrarian
    I say slash NPR, PBS & SBA. Who needs any of that?
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  • "...slash NPR, PBS & SBA."?
    FERS Fed
    Okay, the entire Corp for Public Broadcasting 2014 budget is $445M. SBA is another $852M. Total of about $1.3B out of a $3.8 Trillion budget. That's progress! ..... What else ya got?
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  • Spending Slashing
    contrarian
    I'll take that $1.3 Billion. Throw in NIH, troops in Europe, troops in South Korea, and dairy cow methane emissions and we're there.
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  • How about the expensive military toys?
    Moderate
    We can reach $1.3 billion much faster.
    worker
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  • Too funny
    Fedweb
    How all the Tea Partiers and other Know-Nothings who yapped about how sequestration wouldn't affect anybody outside the Beltway couldn't wait to start backtracking when they discovered just how many Federal workers are in their own backyards. I'd suggest that furloughs should have started on the Hill, but the bozos are off more than they're at work already - except they get paid for doing nothing instead of forfeiting pay when they're not around.
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  • Did ya notice...
    Radar Tech
    Did you notice that Obama was quick to freeze our pay, suggested the sequestration, signed it into law, and is now suggesting reducing our retirement by chained CPI? Funny, I haven't heard of any cutbacks to welfare. The priority seems to be giving money to those that don't work and furloughing those that do.
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  • Yeh, I noticed
    Moderate
    Try living on welfare and you will understand why. Of course, these people could turn to crime. Then we can warehouse them at what, $35000 or $40000 per prisoner? Great economics. The pay was frozen by the Republicans. They want to freeze it more. And sequestration was forced by the Republicans in order to cut spending. Thank the GOP.
    worker
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  • There are
    ben
    ...plenty of areas to cut, or reduce, without harming the public. Either, we do it in a careful, thoughtful manner, or it will be forced upon us in panic. Remember how politicians act in a panic! A simple rise in interest rates for US Treasuries could cause such a situation.
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  • Dude you are missing the point
    contrarian
    This is their give to you: Wisdom. Will you open your eyes and accept it?
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  • He is retired
    Moderate
    He is retired. Sequestration has little or no effect on him
    worker
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