Nothing wrong in reducing the salary levels of respective job positions, but it also takes time, just as it took time for them to escalate.
FWIW, Antichristians, Blacks, Women, Lesbians, Gays, have all been promoted to GS12-13 positions with little more than HS diplomas, while white male professionals with graduate degrees and 20yrs experience in the professions rarely are promoted above GS11, and generally only if they are not Christian. It’s a good ol boys club, and those with virtue are set up and worked around by the back office crowd.
If you want to bring back efficiency, first remove the antiChristian bias out of the workplace.
In efforts to reduce costs, simple percentages are now passed down the chain of command.
Every year, reduce your resources by 10%.
Does anybody review the resources with their missions? Rarely.
Our vehicle pool has been reduced down to 3 vehicles per 50 people to run all the utilities, prepare scopes of work, inspect, direct, maintain, repair, and build any facilities supporting a 20,000 personnel population. That is now being reduced to 2 vehicles next year and one the following year.
We now are required to remove PCs from the desktops by similar percentages. 10% one year, another 10% the next.
Nobody decides who’s will be removed as everybody is working on them from the office.
Do we share? Sure, but productivity drops even further.
We already buy own administrative supplies, and we don’t have cafeteria plans.
Our pay is half industry standards and we are forced to pay contractors wages for no skilled labor at rates about twice our hourly salaries.
We already have been working 60-80 hrs/week for the last 12 years and now only receive OT or CompTime perhaps one in 4 hours spent if we are lucky. That has now been eliminated.
Where some of us had alternate working schedules, 4-10hr days vice 5-8 hr days, we are looking at have to go to 4- 8 hr days, while we still commute over 70 miles one way to work. So we don’t really even get the opportunity to find a side job to make up the furlough differential.
Younger hires (within the last 5 years) also face the first RIF layoffs and are also paid initially as college degreed professionals near minimum wage as GS5s.
Additionally, if we are in debt, we are told we can lose our jobs. So credit card debt is not an option.
Might I suggest that instead of reducing our pay, just go back to full time conscription and also provide the full healthcare and amenities WWII Privates to Corporals received. They had more guarantees of a future than present DoD civilians receive, except those who retired and are drawing a double paycheck.
We don’t have many freedoms or liberties anyways and those in authority have less virtue than mid level ranked officers in WWII.
This, from your description, doesn't sound as though it has much applicability to your situation, but an example is the schoolteacher making $84,000 annually for nine/ten months' work who complained to Gov. Christie; he responded, "So, go do something else!" That's the boat we're all in.