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  • Asking agencies to follow the rules isn’t asking too much

    04/15/2018 6:59:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | April 11, 2018 | Jonathan Wood
    Accountability is sorely lacking in the administrative state. Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats make decisions significantly affecting our daily lives with too little involvement from our elected officials. The Congressional Review Act was intended to restore at least some degree of democratic accountability to the administrative process. It requires agencies to submit to Congress every rule they wish to impose on you, giving the people you elected an opportunity to oversee what federal bureaucrats are up to. That’s the theory, at least. In practice, agencies have failed to comply with their obligations under the statute, withholding rules from Congress and thereby avoiding...
  • What I Saw At A College Administrators’ Conference Will Make You Laugh And Cry

    04/04/2018 3:57:01 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4-2-18 | Patricia Daugherty
    The extremely liberal environment on many college campuses is often attributed to the influence of aging hippie professors intent on indoctrination rather than education. But perhaps even more influential is the army of campus administrators who work with college students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My recent experience at a national conference of such professionals revealed that indoctrination isn’t confined to the classroom. Before retiring in 2015, I did “student affairs” work on university campuses for almost 40 years. I always looked forward to attending the ACPA (American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International) conference to...
  • Commentary: Bureaucrats Blame Trump for Increased Alcohol Consumption

    03/30/2018 4:23:10 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 37 replies
    Artful Dilettante and The National Sentinel ^ | March 30, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    I just read an article today that bureaucrats are blaming President Trump for their increased alcohol consumption. This is hilarious. Bureaucrats are finally being treated with the disdain they've always deserved. They're not appreciated. And they are behaving in much the same way as our campus snowflakes. You see, government employment shields their employees from the vagaries of the market. Unlike private-sector employees, bureaucrats don't have to concern themselves with termination, lay-offs, pay and benefits cuts, and the like. The have a guaranteed lifelong job with over-the-top benefits, Cadillac health-insurance plans, annual cost-of-living increases, and about eight weeks of paid...
  • You're fired: Trump to rid 'worst' federal workers, automatic raises, fat bennies

    02/12/2018 7:41:42 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the “worst,” rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, “You’re fired!” In his budget, set for release Monday, his administration is planning the biggest reform to the federal workforce in decades, using models from Amazon, Google, and a handful of well-operating agencies. Officials said the overall goal is to bring the 1950s-styled Civil Service into the digital age, introduce automation, reward “the best” with bonuses, make it easier...
  • Trump's shot heard round the civil-service world

    02/04/2018 8:49:49 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/3/2018 | Greg Corombos
    Pencil pushers. Desk jockeys. There are a lot of names for the bureaucrats who fill the offices of the federal government. President Trump says they, and their work, need to be examined more closely. He fired a major shot in the effort to enact civil service reform during his State of the Union address, creating what one leading workforce expert hopes will be an effort to root out the “intransigence and incompetence” from the federal workforce. In his speech, Trump hailed the passage of legislation in 2017 that gave more authority for Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin to fire...
  • Non-defense agencies spend $1.5 billion of your tax dollars on military-style guns and ammo

    11/17/2017 8:34:37 AM PST · by sloop3 · 11 replies
    An IRS Special Agent gets to carry an AR15 in certain circumstances. Another agency, Health & Human Services, trains special agents on heavy military-style weapon platforms by the same vendors that train our Special Forces warriors.
  • Career State Department Bureaucrats Triggered By Audacity of Trump and Tillerson Executing Foreign P

    10/26/2017 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 26, 2017 | sundance
    The U.S. State Department consists of the most entrenched group of life-long professional political bureaucrats in any sector of the government.  The scope of the mindset really comes to the surface within leaks from inside the Deep State machine that became the basis for a Politico article today.   You really have to read it to fathom the scope of elitism.The article, and the sentiment carried from within the bureaucracy which frames the construct, highlights the level of indignation within the agency toward President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as they carry out foreign policy objectives. The article contains...
  • Kill the Alligators, Then Drain the Swamp

    08/02/2017 8:10:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 8-2-17 | Bruce Thornton
    Deeds, not words, are the best defense. Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to “drain the swamp” ––the D.C. establishment made up of most Congressmen from both parties, employees of executive agencies and bureaus, the political appointees who head up those agencies, and the hordes of lobbyists, fundraisers, Congressional staffers, “consultants,” “journalists,” and pundits. These are the “Beltway insiders” or the “political establishment” whose natural habitat is the swamp. These are the alligators Trump needs to get rid of. Of course, many of these D.C. denizens of the establishment are permanent dwellers in the swamp, beyond the reach of the...
  • Trump Needs to Start Replacing the Administrative State

    05/21/2017 5:11:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017 | Mytheos Holt
    The past two weeks have not been kind to the Trump administration. Aided and abetted by a press drunk on their own moral certitude and delusions of Watergate-era public spiritedness, the unelected arms of the executive branch have begun asserting themselves as the hall monitors of democracy, who can hobble or even remove an elected leader simply for failing to live up to their swamp-generated standards of propriety. It is dangerous, disgusting, and dispiriting, and if the President wants to serve a full term or see any of his agenda enacted, he needs to get a handle on it.Obviously the...
  • Former Obama Official Says Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats to Influence Policy

    04/25/2017 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris White
    A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion. Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data. He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has...
  • Smashing the “monsters”: It’s time to address the national deficit

    04/14/2017 11:54:05 PM PDT · by CanaryBlog · 23 replies
    The Canary in The Mine ^ | 04/14/2017 | The Canary
    With the national deficit rapidly approaching 20 trillion, it is truly remarkable how little attention the national deficit is receiving in the daily political debate between the Republican administration and the Democratic opposition but also by media and public. Everybody understands that an at this rate the growing national deficit is not sustainable, and will bankrupt the country. But even maintaining the deficit at current levels burdens our children and grandchildren with unfair obligations, which we did not inherit from our parents and grandparents and, therefore, should not pass on to the next generations. The almost uniform rejection of next...
  • Automation can replace government bureaucrats and save taxpayers money

    02/12/2017 4:03:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2017 | John Sexton
    Thursday, Bloomberg published an article titled “Machines Can Replace Millions of Bureaucrats” which offers some amusing insights into what the future of bureaucracy might look like. The story is largely based on the work of two Oxford academics, Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, who have been studying the likelihood of various jobs being automated. What they found is that some of the jobs which are ideal for automation are government jobs: Government clerks who do predictable, rule-based, often mechanical work also are in danger of displacement by machines. In a recent collaboration with Deloitte U.K., Profs. Osborne and Frey...
  • Bureaucrats Attempting to Sabotage Trump with Leaks

    02/03/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Feb 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Many of the 2.7 million bureaucrats employed by the federal government oppose President Donald Trump’s policies and are actively attempting to sabotage his agenda. That sabotage comes in several forms, from secretly circulating emails among fellow ideologically committed members of the federal bureaucracy plotting strategy, to working behind the scenes with Democratic legislators to create out-of-the ordinary bureaucratic actions, to leaking confidential documents to the press.
  • Turmoil at DHS and State Department - "There Are People Literally Crying in the Office Here"

    02/02/2017 8:12:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    The Intercept ^ | January 31, 2017 | Alice Speri, Ryan Devereaux
    While President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has left families wondering when they will see their loved ones again, drawing condemnation from leaders around the globe, the administration’s actions have also impacted another group: career U.S. officials working on asylum and refugee cases as well as foreign policy. "There are people literally crying in the office here," said a senior U.S. immigration official who spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity.
  • BLM Still Harassing Jeanette Finicum...

    01/29/2017 8:14:00 AM PST · by AZHSer · 17 replies
    The Free Range Report ^ | Dec. 28, 2016 | Carrie Stadheim
    Rather than allow Jeanette to take over the grazing allotments after LaVoy's Death, State BLM representatives said she was not considered heir to the allotments, even though she was the widow of one. They told her the grazing permits terminated upon his death and that she would have to start over at square one with the application process to graze her (their) cattle on the allotment.
  • EPA Employees Given 'Dealing with Change' Counseling Post-Trump Win

    01/28/2017 6:51:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Amidst employees in tears following the election of Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is offering counseling sessions on "dealing with change." [Snip] Topics included "How to deal with change," "How do you keep your composure and make better decisions under pressure?" "How can you spend your energy more wisely—and have more as a result?" and "How do you recognize and eliminate harmful habits that cause you stress?" The agency's Employee Counseling and Assistance Program held the sessions, which also covered "How can you stop yourself from getting hurt and/or angry?"
  • Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees Into Country One Day Before Trump’s Expected Ban

    01/25/2017 7:18:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/24/17 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Bureaucrats at the State Department brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place,” according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will be one of several executive orders on immigration President Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.” Two...
  • Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees Into Country One Day Before Trump's Expected Ban

    01/25/2017 5:05:39 AM PST · by davikkm · 41 replies
    Bureaucrats at the State Department brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place,” according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will be one of several executive orders on immigration President Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.” Two...
  • Senate Rejects Dem Proposal to Require 60 Votes to Repeal Obamacare [semi-satire]

    01/08/2017 10:02:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    A move by Democrats to reestablish a rule that would require a minimum of 60 votes for any legislation to pass the Senate was repulsed by a 52-48 straight party line vote. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, recent vice-presidential running mate of Hillary Clinton, sponsored the 60 vote requirement and called the GOP's stance against it "unfair. For decades it had been the tradition in the Senate to permit the minority party to block legislation that couldn't obtain a super majority. Now just because former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) eliminated this tradition when Democrats held the majority in the...
  • When city retirement pays better than the job

    12/31/2016 3:18:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | Jack Dolan
    James Mussenden doesn’t bring up his pension in casual conversation. No point getting his golf partners’ blood boiling. The retired city manager of El Monte collects more than $216,000 a year, plus cost-of-living increases and fully paid health insurance. “It’s giving me an opportunity to do a number of things I didn’t get to do when I was younger, like travel to Europe, take some things off my bucket list,” Mussenden, 66, said recently. He even flew to Scotland to play the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, a mecca for golf enthusiasts.