3:52 am, May 24, 2015

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  • Really?
    These people are pretty thick if they think reduced training opportunities are the reason behind plummeting morale. Perhaps, just perhaps a totaly unnecessary furlough at the same time new needless SES positions are being created and contractors are made richer by the second could be behind this? Most poeple would take pay over training.
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  • Oh no
    "an increasing workload are all contributors to a sharp, sudden decline in the morale of the staff" You mean they can't mail it in everyday like they have been. Oh boo hoo. Those mean taxpayers are making us work on a budget.
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  • Fed Workforce
    I guess Federal workers are pretty dense. Why else would anyone pay and go through college to start as a lowly GS-7 making $38K when they could have dropped out of high school and gone to work as a Fed contractor for Booze Allen making $125K?
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  • High attrition and low recruitment, but contract personnel ready to take the jobs
    Honest Broker
    Stewart makes the obvious case, Govt employment has such advantages like demonized by the politicians and the media, pay freezes, outsourcing the good jobs, underpaid relative equivalent contract employee, and the list goes on. Why would anyone go into the Govt? I thought we had a money crisis yet they are complaining we cannot execute the spending fast enough. Yeah, the politicians and their cronies are just starving out there.
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  • Leadership
    I think this article brings up some interesting points worthy of rational discussion. I've been around DoD financial management for decades and never could I imagine that the Department's leadership would allow the state of affairs to sink so low. On the budget side, there are a lot of senior people trying to convince the political leadership that the imminent furlough is not necessary. There is plenty of money available due to under execution in the Department of Navy and Defense-wide operating accounts, to the tune of $4-5 billion based on the latest accounting reports, that could be used to fixed Army and Air Force if their was the political will to do so. But there isn't so hundereds of thousands of people will be furloughed and savings generated, only to add to the glut of money the DoD is struggling to execute. Those senior people I mentioned, in addition to just about anyone in the DoD FM community, have to be shaking their heads and saying to themselves "how is this possible?" I know I am. Leadership.... On the audit side, I know there are a lot of senior people asking themselves "how are we going to get there?" Again, I know I am. I look at the billions of dollars DoD has spent on systems modernization, via Enterprise Resource Planning commercial systems, and yet I'm amazed that we still can't get there. I've rolled out two of these systems in the last five years and I think I have a good idea of the answer to that question. Change in this area has three parts: technology, processes, and people. Billions spent on the former, and pitiful little on the latter two. It's easy to change systems, but hard to change people and how they operate. Training is a cover phrase for workforce skill imbalance. Changing that imbalance takes leadership... On a more personal note, I worry for the future of my community, the DoD FM community. A few decades ago, in the relatively hard years of the post-Desert Storm drawdown, my community prided itself on making sound recommendations to the leadership of the Services and the Department. We didn't break programs and toss them over the fence for someone else to fix. And when the Hill was about to break something, we told them so and recommended alternatives. My boss in those days always carried around a list of weak programs to offer to Hill staff to preserve programs that couldn't take a hit. Somehow we managed to drawdown the DoD, not particularly pretty, but we accomplished the mission. I see the next, and totally necessary, drawdown coming, and I worry for our ability as a community to make it happen. The pride we once took in a carefully crafted, executable program has given way to database management. Making it hit the bottomline is more important than what's in the bottomline. I suppose that's the result of a decade of war where money was plentiful enough to fix what got broke on the back end. That doesn't work in the world we are transitioning to. Will we accomplish the mission? Again, leadership...
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  • I had a big drop in job satisfaction around 1995. In 2007 my morale improved tremendously. It's nice in the tropics. Keep them checks coming!
    The Original Joe S
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