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  • More (or less) with less, the new normal?
    Reinaldo Luis A.
    I suspect that the only way senior civil service managers are going to be able to deal with 'the new normal' is to dust off 'zero base budgeting.' This time they will need to make it work and not just go through the motions like it was done during the Carter Administration.
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  • Are you Serious?
    marxwj
    The Federal Budget has over 10,000 funding lines. You want an extensive write up on each one, justifying it? Who do you think will ever read it? You want this monstrosity recreated every year? The short version is we need it because Congress created it at some time in the past, long since forgotten. That won't stop Congress from funding it again and again. Once this justification is written, it will just become part of the new boiler plate for all future budgets and make the whole document harder to review.
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  • Here's the thing
    Remember When
    We've been doing more with less for years now and those of us who signed on for the long haul will continue to do what we can in the 8, 10 and 12 hours we are all putting in. Status quo - right... But Congress needs to ask themselves who is suffering? Taxpayers, federal employees, their families, the elderly, etc. etc. which tells me and everyone else that reads your column that Congress is not doing what Congress was elected to do. Therefore, I say we clean house and start all over and get back to what this country was founded on and remember what made this a great country in the first place. Until the voters speak up, then nothing is going to change.
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  • Ditto that!
    Hoosiers
    1) Remember and vote accordingly. I'm scared to death that we've not seen *anything* yet.
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  • Just Congress?
    contrarian
    Executive power is at White House, and nothing passes without a presidential autograph. Media allows this president to criticize his own programs, blame Congress, yet escape responsibility for them. Before you point fingers you better figure out who the players are. when FEHBP is gone will you blame the people that created Affordable Care Act? What about all those special interest groups that fought for it at our expense. ACA is the most divisive action since the Civil war.
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  • You seem a bit confused
    marxwj
    The President has seen 26 bills hit his desk this year, near half of them to name buildings or ships. The President can't create laws. That is the job of Congress. He can't force them to vote for things they don't want to vote for. Congress is exactly where most of this blame belongs. 535 people that can't decide on anything more important than when to go on vacation and for how long.
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  • Contrarian looks to blame the Democrats and make irrational predictions
    Moderate
    He makes the prediction that Obamacare will eliminate FEHB. yet it is the Republicans who are pushing for government workers to go into the exchanges and out of FEHB. he also blames the Democrats for everuything when it is the Republicans who do not want to work with the Democrats. They would rather pass irrational bills in the House that they know will go nowhere in the Senate.
    worker
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  • Not going down with the ship, watching it sink
    SGT Pepper
    The IRS is a sinking ship. We have Congress starving the IRS budget as a means to prevent ACA, We have the TeaPublicans using attacks on the IRS to garner votes. We have sequester. We have poor leadership from Senior Management up through the Executive level. Do More With Less? Don't want to hear that anymore. You want more? Give us more Agents. I used to have 12 of them to manage, now I have 6. Give me a Secretary, I haven't had one for 3 years. There is simply no way that my 6 Agents can do the work of 12 Agents. Period. End of story. Do more with less? Go take a long walk off a short pier.
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  • Amen I Say to You
    FederalEmployee
    Absolutely correct. I have long said that the IRS needs to get back to its core functions. Look at all the programs we currently have, all staffed by executives and their entrouage of GS 14 and 15 assistants. As far as the examination function - what a joke. Remember when we were expected to do "quality" exams? Remember that ridiculous "do the right thing" training we had several years ago? Quality and doing the right thing are out the window. Executive management cares only about quantity. Of course, they will not be getting any bonuses this year regardless of whether they "meet their numbers". Then we have the serious issue of the newbies being promoted over us oldies. Remember when you started out as a GS 7 RA and you worked your way up? Now they hire GS 13's from the outside then promote them ahead of us. My 26 years of exemplary service counted for absolutely nothing when a newbie with 3 years in was promoted over me for a STC position. It also counted for nothing when I applied for a LTA position. I was told that the NTA likes to hire from the outside, and I was given the name of the outsider who was preselected. Sure enough, although I made the BQ list, management used the excuse "not a large enough candidate pool", management did not interview us, they just bypassed up and hired the preselected person. I have a few years left before I can retire (unless Congress takes retirement away from us as well). I shudder to think what this place will be like when us oldies leave. Let the newbies have at it. Of course, once the economy gets better, many of the newbies will head for the hills.
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  • Got that right!
    SGT Pepper
    The whole agency is a total mess. Nobody seems to know what they're doing. We got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Most of those cases sat frozen for 5 months. Now, 4 months later, they're going bat crap crazy over our high rate of over age cases. Every week they ask for reports, every week we say Hurricane Sandy. Now they're asking why it is taking so long to get inventory right. My reply? It took 5 months to break it, it will take longer to fix it. My appraisal? I've been told it's going to be not met, or whatever it's called. Last year, my appraisal was Outstanding. Now, I'm a failure. As if I took Hurricane Sandy and dropped it on New York. I have 15 years to go, and can't see it getting better any time soon.
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  • Hi Sgt.
    Moderate
    You have my sympathy. I wish you had a territory chief who would understand the facts. They want you to close the case, but do not care how unless it is reviewed. But them maybe all they want is procedurally correct instead of good issue work and tax law work. But make sure the mini income probes are done, even on those who have an obviously more than sufficient income to live on. If you are a grade 13 manager, would you be better off as a grade 13 revenue agent?
    worker
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  • Teflon President
    Rob
    I've never seen anything like it. How does a POTUS go 4 plus years without being attached to any of his policies? Answer, biased media. And yes, when the FEHBP dies the GOP will take the heat. The ACA was a bad bill from the start. When you can't get a very moderate republican senator like Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe or one of the many moderate GOP House Reps to support your bill then it must be bad. If folks knew then what they know now about the ACA it would have never passed. That's the bottom line. You wouldn't need the GOP standing in the way. The union uproar that we're witnessing now would have derailed the bill.
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  • Reagan was the original Teflon President
    marxwj
    Obama is the first president that has been blamed for things that happened before he was born. He is not being held accountable because he has not done most of the things he is being blamed for. So when he actually does something it just sounds like more of the same partisan politics. The GOP has been playing the role of Chicken Little for so long that no one takes them seriously anymore, and why should they. People blaming Obama for not signing legislation that has never crossed his desk, for not buckling to a minority within the House that just wants to pass highly partisan legislation, for backing his healthcare program against partisan attack from the party that originally proposed the program and implemented it in Massachusettes. If the GOP wanted to be taken seriously, they shouldn't have been backing Birthers and crying "the sky is falling" every time the President speaks.
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  • While I am at it
    marxwj
    Reagan is a large part of why ACA or a similar plan is needed. Reagan signed one little law that required emergency rooms to treat anyone that shows up at the door, without finding a way to pay for it. He was never called on this blunder. This made fast increasing healthcare costs only go higher as hospitals across the country spend millions on emergency care without any way to pay for it. As a result, it all goes into overhead that is tacked on to every hospital expense. I don't see how you can say Obama has beed disconnected from ACA as it is all you hear from the GOP for the last 7 years. You seem to attach press coverage of this to some hatred of the President that doesn't really exist. Most people even like the parts of the program that have been implemented so far, such as the preexisting condition coverage and covering kids up to age 26. You are still complaining about parts that haven't been implemented yet and so have had little or no impact yet. As a result, all the public is getting is misleading and highly biased information from both sides and it cancels itself out. Even if there are a few honest evaluations of the program, they are just best guesses as to the long term effects and they often get drowned out by both parties shouting over this and other more meaningless issues. To summarize, just because you don't like Obama doesn't mean that anyone else, let alone the majority of the country that did just reelect him, agrees with you.
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  • Stop blaming obama for the rabid Republicans' actions
    Moderate
    First the moderate Republicans did not support ACA because they knew the Republicans would vote them out of office. An example is Spector. If they were free to do their thing, they would have negotiated with the Democrats to pass a better ACA bill. And yes, Obama is attached to ACA. ACA will not eliminate FEHB unless the rabid Republicans can force the issue.
    worker
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