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  • Scott Walker's presidential race exit might propel conservative agenda

    10/03/2015 3:09:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-2-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison— The collapse of Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign could actually propel conservative legislation in Wisconsin over the next several months. From ending all public money to Planned Parenthood to allowing state retailers to sell goods at cost or at a loss, lawmakers are considering proposals that conservatives have sought to pass in Wisconsin for years. Bills before the Legislature this fall could put new limits on biomedical research and remake the state's ethics and elections agency. The controversial bills could match scientists against activists opposed to abortion and big Wisconsin retailers like Kwik Trip of La Crosse against far...
  • By The Way, 21 Million Social Security Numbers Were Breached In That Massive Government Hack

    07/11/2015 4:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 10, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Office of Personnel Management is under fire again today after it was revealed hackers, allegedly Chinese, stole 21 million social security numbers during a massive data breach discovered last month (which officials originally said only impacted 4 million people). The social security numbers belong to Americans who have, or who currently are, working for the federal government. This new information comes on the heels of news hackers were able to obtain extremely sensitive information, including classified background check information that can be used for blackmail, belonging to tens of millions of government employees. More bad news: Here’s the kicker:...
  • Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers’ Sex Lives

    06/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 24, 2015 | Shane Harris
    Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of foreign hackers. It was already being described as the worst hack of the U.S. government in history. And it just got much worse. A senior U.S. official has confirmed that foreign hackers compromised the intimate personal details of an untold number of government workers. Likely included in the hackers’ haul: information about workers’ sexual partners, drug and alcohol abuse, debts, gambling compulsions, marital troubles, and any criminal activity. Those details, which are now presumed to be in...
  • One Out of Three SEIU Dollars Goes to Overhead, Politics

    04/01/2015 11:32:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Labor giant SEIU spent more than $100 million on union overhead and political activities in 2014, according to federal labor filings released Tuesday evening. The union collected about $320 million from its 1.8 million members, who are primarily government employees and health care workers. For every $3 that a union member contributed to its coffers, $1 went to functions outside of membership services. The union spent about $55 million paying union administrators and covering overhead costs, including more than $276,000 to president Mary Kay Henry.
  • Obama initiative to hire veterans for federal jobs triggers resentment ("Too conservative")

    09/16/2014 9:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Market Watch ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    Military veterans are receiving preferential treatment for many federal job openings, and as with any kind of preferential-treatment program, it’s causing a backlash. In a remarkable story, the Washington Post describes growing tension between veterans and civilians who never served in the military throughout the federal government. Civilians complain that their veteran colleagues are conservative yes-men who don’t question authority and are sometimes lacking in the necessary skills. Some complained that male veterans sometimes act inappropriately around their women peers. “You’re getting a very conservative worker that’s very narrow-minded,” said one civilian who works in the Office of Personnel Management....
  • Tenured Partisans: The promise of employment for life has bred corruption in the civil service

    07/21/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/21/2014 | Richard Samuelson
    Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked...
  • First Detroit, Now Flint Warns Bankruptcy "Train Is Headed For The Cliff"

    07/20/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 19, 2016
    Flint may be Michigan’s second city to plunge into bankruptcy unless retirees accept cuts in health benefits that threaten to unravel a balanced budget. As Crain's Detroit reports, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley (Flint’s third emergency leader since it was placed under state control in 2011) warned "If we have no ability to mitigate the cost of retiree health care, that’s going to make it very difficult for the city to remain financially stable over the next few years." As Eric Scorsone notes, "Flint's at the forefront, but a lot of cities are on the same train, and that train is...
  • Steny Hoyer: Republicans are politicizing the Veterans Affairs scandal (Worried about bureaucrats!)

    05/28/2014 5:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    The House's No. 2 Democrat accused Republicans of exploiting the scandal that has enveloped the Veterans Affairs Department for political gain and said he is worried that civil servants could be swept up unfairly in a witch hunt. "I don't think there's any doubt about it … that is essentially the tactic that Republicans are trying to employ," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Wednesday. "In some cases there are huge fishing expeditions which are going on for millions of documents that goes beyond the realm of oversight and politicizes the issue very greatly." The Republican National Committee...
  • Signed My Furlough Notice Paperwork Yesterday!!!

    05/29/2013 6:48:50 PM PDT · by PatriotCJC · 26 replies
    Yup, 11 Mondays of furlough starting 8 July until the end of the fiscal. We had a briefing today from our GO (Major General, USA) and FY14 & 15 is not looking good. Reduction in force (RIF) looks probable for both the active and civilian Army force. Myself - being associated , active duty (Navy), contractor or civilian with the military since I was 17, it is very depressing. I am the first to admit that there are areas of personnel waste to trim, but we are at the point of "gutting" our defense. IMOHO This may be worse then...
  • Local civil service likely to feel furlough impact

    05/14/2013 4:27:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of Defense Department civilians to begin in early July. Today, Hagel directed 11 furlough days for civil service employees which is half of what was initially anticipated.
  • 3.6 Percent Unemployment—for Government Workers

    04/05/2013 10:06:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    There is a bright spot in the March jobless numbers, if government is your line of work. The unemployment rate for civilian government workers dropped to 3.6 percent in March from 3.8 percent in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. …
  • California civil service unions in denial on pension costs

    01/24/2012 9:09:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/23/12 | Dan Walters
    Whenever someone suggests that California's public employee pension systems need reform, civil service unions react dismissively, often with attacks on the credentials or even the morals of critics. When, for example, a Public Policy Institute of California poll found strong support – even among public workers themselves – for Gov. Jerry Brown's middle-of-the-road pension reform plan, the union-backed Californians for Retirement Security reacted thusly: "These poll results are not surprising. They amount to more fallout from a sustained and unrelenting misinformation campaign being fed to Californians," and continued: "Millions of public servants in California are doing their jobs and planning...
  • USAID Pours Millions More into Afghan Civil-Service Project

    06/20/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Millions of dollars in additional U.S. assistance is being provided to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create a civil-service institutional structure in that nation. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $17.1 million extension to Deloitte Consulting LLP to provide another five months of work in support of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-0508-23) The agency initially awarded a $2.4 million contract for this endeavor, known as the Afghan Civil Service Support project, early last month. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-00508-22) Other than stating that the contract extension would enable Deloitte...
  • ATC blunders spur calls for broad FAA reform

    04/22/2011 8:58:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    Airport Business ^ | Apr 22, 2011 | Michael Collins
    ATC blunders spur calls for broad FAA reform Posted: April 22nd, 2011 08:56 AM CDT MICHAEL COLLINS, Scripps Howard News Service A series of embarrassing blunders involving an air traffic controllers at airports across the country may have put the Federal Aviation Administration on the spot, but U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. thinks the revelations point to a much bigger problem. Federal personnel policies make it extremely difficult to fire problem employees, the Knoxville, Tenn., Republican said. They desperately need to be changed, he thinks. "There are too many protections for most federal workers," Duncan said. "It's too hard...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...
  • Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me

    02/28/2011 7:46:00 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/25/2011 | Kimberley Strassel
    The union horde is spreading, from Madison to Indianapolis to a state capital near you. And yet the Democratic and union bigwigs engineering the outrage haven't directed their angry multitudes at what is arguably the most "hostile workplace" in the nation: Washington, D.C. It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation. This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of...
  • Executive Order - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates

    01/06/2011 5:34:39 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    White House ^ | 12-27-2010 | White House
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 27, 2010 Executive Order - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates EXECUTIVE ORDER RECRUITING AND HIRING STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 3301 and 3302 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government benefits from a diverse workforce that includes students and recent graduates, who infuse the workplace with their enthusiasm, talents, and unique perspectives. The existing...
  • Chicago Cops/Firemen Retire as Millionaires

    12/03/2010 9:14:47 AM PST · by shibumi · 48 replies · 3+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | December 3, 2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    -By Warner Todd Huston There really is no excuse for any public servant to retire with a pension worth $1.3 million dollars of the people’s tax money. None. But that is precisely what happens in the City of Chicago according to Chicago’s Civic Committee. Crain’s Greg Hinz reports that the Civic Commission sent an email blast out to its members late last week reporting that the typical Chicago Fireman who retires after 20 years of service will make $1.3 million in pension benefits. Cops make a bit less at $1.2 million. These public servants can also retire at age 50,...
  • Federal workers becoming a flash point in midterm elections

    09/25/2010 5:17:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2010 | Lisa Rein
    From her sixth-floor office at the National Science Foundation in Arlington County, Carter Kimsey earns $155,500 a year helping to conceive and oversee federal research grants to the nation's smartest scientists. Kimsey doesn't see herself as overpaid. But now, the 63-year-old civil servant and almost 2 million other federal workers are in the cross hairs during this midterm election season. With 14.9 million Americans unemployed and private-sector wages stagnant, Republicans hoping to win back Congress in November have seized on the salaries and size of the federal workforce as symbols of overspending by the Obama administration. In their campaign blueprint...
  • Tell us any experiences that you have had working in a government job.

    08/05/2010 6:53:15 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 69 replies
    If you have ever worked at a government job, please tell us some of your experiences good or bad.
  • Where the 'working' is easy

    07/09/2010 2:38:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 09, 2010 | Editorial
    Want a 22 percent raise with zero risk of being let go? Get a federal job. A just-released report from Heritage Foundation scholar James Sherk reveals that times have never been better for civilian employees of Uncle Sam. To wit: Federal employees enjoy salaries 22 percent higher than folks in the private sector with comparable qualifications and job descriptions -- 30 to 40 percent higher when you factor in extra-generous fringe benefits. Plus, civil-service protections make it almost impossible to be fired. Nice work if you can get it, right? Actually, the federal government seems to be the only employer...
  • NJ governor signs worker pension reform measures

    03/23/2010 7:58:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 1,140+ views
    BusinessWeek / AP ^ | March 23, 2010 | Angela Delli Smith
    Gov. Chris Christie has signed three bills designed to save taxpayers billions of dollars by making pensions and health benefits for government workers less generous. The Republican governor signed the reform measures late Monday, lingering at the Statehouse until about 8:30 p.m. when the bills reached his desk. He then held a public bill-signing, approving his first legislation taking office in January. "Today is a great day for the taxpayers of the state of New Jersey," Christie said. "We've been talking for more than four years about the need for this type of beginning, fundamental reform." The bills require all...
  • Crossing a Line in the Health Care Debate? White House Sending HC Propaganda to Federal Employees?

    03/19/2010 10:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,275+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2010 | Richard Grenell
    The White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle has been feverishly sending out unsolicited email messages to federal employees in an effort to build support for President Barack Obama’s health reform package over the last several weeks. DeParle’s unsolicited emails have been regularly coming to some federal employees’ official government email inboxes for weeks without permission or request, causing some federal employees to feel threatened by the overt political language. The Department of State employees, who receive hundreds of official government emails every day, have complained about the annoying and partisan emails but are nervous to go public...
  • [Louisiana] State Civil Service Commission may scrap plans for merit pay raises

    03/17/2010 6:14:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Nola.com ^ | March 16, 2010 | Ed Anderson
    More than 60,000 state employees may not be getting merit pay raises in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The announcement came today in the form of a notice for a special meeting of the commission Friday at 9 a.m. to consider a proposal to suspend the authority for state agencies to grant merit pay raises in a budget year when money is scarce. The meeting will be held in the Claiborne Building's Lousiana Purchase Room in Baton Rouge. The proposed cancellation of the merit pay raises comes after Gov. Bobby Jindal last week vetoed a State Civil Service...
  • Managing Americans into Slavery

    01/12/2010 7:12:03 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 4 replies · 719+ views
    Noisy Room.net ^ | 1.10.10 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    About a month ago, I received a tip from Larwyn on Obama’s Latest Big Brother Plan. To say it is chilling, is the understatement of the century. After I read about it, I immediately felt ill… I had not blogged on it because the last month has been hectic, but this indeed is something that will fundamentally ‘change’ all of our lives and not for the better. The White House plans to expand the Office of Personnel Management. Most Americans don’t even know what this Office is, much less how dangerous it now is. First excerpt: The Office of Personnel...
  • [Zero to ban Republicans from] Political Appointees and Career Civil Service Positions

    11/12/2009 7:50:58 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 8 replies · 1,506+ views
    Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. OPM will review these proposed appointments to ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws. I have delegated decisionmaking authority over these matters to career Senior Executives at OPM to avoid any hint of political influence. In no case may an agency make an appointment of the type described below without written authorization from OPM:...
  • Obama Administration Intends to Purge Republicans From the Civil Service

    11/12/2009 10:39:33 AM PST · by RonnieFan · 162 replies · 10,437+ views
    RED STATE ^ | Erick Erickson
    Remember how the Democrats reacted when the Bush Administration started replacing U.S. Attorneys? At least they were actually political appointees employed at the will and whim of the President.
  • Union Fury As Civil Service Outsources Jobs To India

    07/28/2009 6:33:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 388+ views
    London Times ^ | July 28th 2009
    July 29, 2009 Union fury as civil service outsources jobs to India Jill Sherman, Whitehall Editor Indian workers are to be recruited to fill finance and IT posts More than 100 jobs at the British Council are to be outsourced to India as part of a massive cost-cutting drive to save the taxpayer money, The Times has learnt. The decision to recruit local Indian workers to fill finance and IT posts has infuriated unions, who fear that this could be the blueprint for Whitehall. It is believed to be the first time that the Civil Service or a quango has...
  • In Washington, Conservatives Are Never Really ‘In Power’

    07/03/2009 10:19:09 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 19 replies · 867+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 3 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    I came to Washington in 2001 to take a career job at the Department of Justice after spending many years in the private sector. I thought I could make a small difference in my particular corner of the executive branch, just like Jimmy Stewart’s character did in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, one of my favorite movies. After I arrived in Washington, I developed a circle of conservative friends (both career employees and political appointees) who work in other federal departments. We all shared the same frustrations at the inability to get liberal policies changed in the government....
  • Crisis 18% salary slash for California officials isn't 100% what it seems

    05/21/2009 6:02:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 1,279+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 21, 2009 | Andrew Malcomb
    Boy oh boy, did California voters show bickering state officials a thing or two with their slam-dunk downing of five out of six financial propositions in Tuesday's voting. As The Ticket reported then, they didn't just say No; they said No way! In rapid response, first thing Wednesday something called the California Citizens Compensation Commission announced on a 5-1 vote that it had slashed the salaries of the governor, attorney general, controller, all legislators and other top elected state officials by 18%. That's nearly 20%! Whacked. Because in a democracy top elected officials should share the hard times and pay...
  • Draft mandate for fed jobs ruled unconstitutional (Selective Service sign-up for males)

    01/27/2009 8:53:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,371+ views
    Yahoo! News Singapore / The Associated Press ^ | January 28, 2009 | Denise Lavoie
    Henry Tucker had worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for 17 years when he was told he was going to lose his job _ because he hadn't registered for the military draft when he was 18. Tucker was offered another job as a budget analyst at the National Institutes of Health, but that was withdrawn when the agency learned he never registered. Tucker, now 38, said when he was 18, he didn't know he had to register for Selective Service. "There hasn't been a draft since I was a child. To all of a sudden say this is an...
  • Federal Worker Pay Blasts Off (Merry Christmas, You Lost Your Job? Well Welcome to Club Fed)

    12/19/2008 8:09:38 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 55 replies · 1,433+ views
    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org ^ | 2008 | Chris Edwards
    Newly released data show that federal employee wages and benefits continue a rapid ascent above and beyond private sector pay levels. The data was released last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (See tables 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, and 6.6).The new data show that the 1.8 million federal civilian workers earned an average wage of $77,143 in 2007, which is 61 percent higher than the $48,035 average in the U.S. private sector. That 61 percent pay advantage has increased from a 34 percent advantage in 2000.Looking at total compensation (wages plus benefits), federal workers earned an average $116,450 in 2007, which is more than...
  • Civil Service pay cut welcomed

    12/18/2008 4:27:15 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 360+ views
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com ^ | November 2008 | www.channelnewsasia.com
    One economist commented that the move is not unlike other wage cutting measures in previous downturns. He added the Civil Service wage cut may not be significant in terms of the overall government expenditure. He said what is more important is the signal it sends to the private sector of the cost cutting options available for firms to stay viable. Irvin Seah, assistant VP of Group Research at DBS: "Another part of the equation is stimulating growth, as well as doing the necessary adjustment to the economy such that it'll be able to ride on the next recovery and allow...
  • Administration Moves to Protect Key Appointees: Shifted To Career Civil Service Jobs

    11/17/2008 11:02:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,095+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2008 | Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. Leonnig
    Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department's top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies -- including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions -- into senior civil service posts. The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called "burrowing" by career officials, creates security for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs. Similar efforts are taking place at other agencies. Two political hires at the Labor Department have already secured career posts there, and...
  • Budget forces Atlanta to cut employee hours

    11/13/2008 4:53:04 AM PST · by doodad · 12 replies · 534+ views
    The Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | 11-12-08 | ERIC STIRGUS
    Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Wednesday the city will have its employees cut their hours — and pay — by 10 percent each week to help weather an expected budget shortfall of $50 million to $60 million. The pay and hour cuts affect 4,600 city employees. She also said the city will have to cut back some services, dip into its reserves and make other personnel moves.
  • Newsbusters: Rahm Emanuel On Compulsory Service Plan, Will Media Ignore Again?

    11/12/2008 4:30:30 PM PST · by Pacothecat · 33 replies · 1,837+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/12/08 | Kerry Picket
    2006 NY Daily News Podcast Interview With Rahm Emanuel On Compulsory Service Plan, Will Media Ignore Again? **Updated with more transcription 11/12/08
  • Obama Called on to Give Federal Jobs a Makeover

    11/11/2008 8:51:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 303+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2008 | Joe Davidson
    Here are some interesting tidbits that recently knocked on the Federal Diary's door. The Project On Government Oversight has one of the best acronyms in a city overwhelmed with them. POGO reminds me of Walt Kelley's comic strip, and that's almost always a more pleasant thought than whatever problem the organization has uncovered. Like many organizations, POGO (the organization, not the comic critter) has suggestions for how President-elect Barack Obama should do his job. Some of them center on federal employees. POGO says Obama should: · Make federal employment more attractive by changing "pay scales to make them competitive with...
  • Israeli Arabs in dispute over volunteer civil service

    07/27/2008 6:58:40 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 165+ views
    The National ^ | July 26. 2008 | Vita Bekker
    HAIFA, ISRAEL // Rake in hand, Zenab Hamad works alongside a group of mentally disabled adults to clear hay from a sheep’s pen buzzing with flies. After the group finishes their chores at the zoo, near the northern city of Haifa, she laughs and chats with her fellow workers, most of whom are Jewish, while taking cover from the sweltering heat. Ms Hamad, 20, is one of a small but growing number of young Israeli Arabs participating in the government’s civil service programme despite fierce opposition from many Arab leaders in Israel. The devout Muslim became the first in her...
  • DO AS DEMS SAY, NOT AS THEY DINE [Government Waste Alert]

    06/11/2008 5:03:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies · 185+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 11, 2008 | Johan Goldberg
    AL Gore claims that "good enough for government work" once implied that such work met the highest standards of excellence. Maybe. But in the US Senate's kitchens, "good enough for government work" means any meal that doesn't require a stomach pump. [Snip] As befits a government-run commissary, the Senate cafeteria has a decidedly Soviet attitude toward variety. It has averaged only two new menu items a year over the last decade. The food is so bad, every lunch hour Senate staffers rush to the House side of the Capitol like starving New Yorkers of the future storming the last Soylent...
  • Nine District Employees Fired For Watching Porn (D.C. Government Workers)

    01/23/2008 6:15:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 831+ views
    MyFox Washington DC ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | MyFox Washington DC
    Nine District Employees Fired For Watching Porn District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that nine city government employees have been fired for viewing pornography on government computers while at work. The investigation revealed that the 9 employees had made over 20,000 hits apiece to pornographic web sites in the year 2007, which breaks down to about 100 pages a day each over the course of a average work year. The fired employees worked for the offices of Property Management, Child and Family Services, Contracts and Procurement, and the Office of the Attorney General. Fenty also said that 32...
  • Public Service Academies

    01/11/2008 10:49:41 AM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 11, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    Public Service Academies by: Amanda Busse, January 11, 2008 A panel debate over the need for a U.S. Public Service Academy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Wednesday left some wondering whether its benefits would be worth its costs. “It’s got great potential, but it definitely needs more support from Congress, and taxpayers might have a problem with it,” said Brianne Aderly, a member of the non-profit group City Year, who came to watch the debate. The Public Service Academy is the brainchild of Chris Meyers Asch, 33. A Teach for America veteran who co-founded the project, Asch wants...
  • Democrats Consider New [Federal]Job Set-Asides: Convicted Felons (Unbelievable!)

    11/07/2007 3:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 226+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 5, 2007 | Brian Faughnan
    House Subcommitee Chairman Danny Davis (D-IL) believes it's not sufficient that federal employment be open to felons. He's pushing for job set asides for felons as well: Davis said agencies should work with federally and locally funded rehabilitation programs to hire recently released felons as a way to help them reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism. Justice Department statistics show more than 50 percent of convicted felons offend again. Davis thinks giving some of them government jobs could reduce that number. “We are contradictory in our practices,” he said. “We talk redemption, but the way we treat individuals does not...
  • Postal Service fixes long waits by removing clocks

    03/01/2007 10:47:28 AM PST · by weef · 56 replies · 1,660+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 1, 2007, 11:18AM | Associated Press
    FORT WORTH — The missing clock didn't stop postal customer Al Cunningham from noticing the amount of time spent waiting for service. "It's always long here," said Cunningham, 49, an insurance adjuster and former postal employee who was standing in line at the Watson Post Office in Fort Worth. The Watson Post Office is one of the nation's 37,000 post offices in which clocks have been removed from retail areas as part of a "retail standardization program" launched last year. The effort is designed to give the public-service areas a more uniform appearance, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Thursday...
  • How HHS Bullies North Dakota Citizens (no shared parenting = bureaucrats' job security)

    08/18/2006 5:58:22 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 13 replies · 565+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Aug 17, 2006 | Stephen Baskerville and Mitchell S. Sanderson
    How HHS Bullies North Dakota Citizens by Stephen Baskerville and Mitchell S. Sanderson Human Events Online Aug 17, 2006 Those who work in what was once nobly known as the civil service -- and what has degenerated into the "bureaucracy" -- are required by law and ethics to be politically neutral. Presidents and members of Congress, cabinet and sub-cabinet secretaries can voice opinions. Even judges are permitted (and often abuse) a privilege of obiter dicta. But career officials are supposed to implement the policies of the people and their elected officials, not publicly advocate what those policies should be....
  • If your Netflix movies take too long to arrive, you may be sharing subscription w/ your mail carrier

    02/13/2006 4:24:01 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 8 replies · 535+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | Feb. 2006 | Eric Wolff
    A Stranger in Your Queue If your Netflix movies take too long to arrive, you may be sharing your subscription with your mail carrier. * By Eric Wolff JIan Zhong Li loved Netflix. After a long night sorting mail at a Queens processing center, he could settle in at his Brooklyn home with all sorts of movies he’d never seen in the theater. Li especially loved Netflix because the DVDs come in well-labeled red envelopes that make them easy to identify amid the bulk junk. It also makes them so much easier to steal. When postal inspectors followed Li to...
  • Whitehall staff will be offered treats for turning up rather than going sick

    10/20/2005 2:08:13 PM PDT · by q_an_a · 6 replies · 267+ views
    Uk. Telegraph ^ | 08.20.05 | Richard Tyler
    The Government is to mimic the Royal Mail's car giveaway and pay bonuses to civil servants who turn up for work rather than pulling a sickie. Speaking at the launch of an initiative yesterday to "improve the health and wellbeing of the nation", Department for Work and Pensions minister Lord Hunt said cash rewards are planned as part of attempts to tackle chronic public sector absenteeism. The 134,820 civil servants staffing the DWP's job centres, pension offices, child support and health and safety executive, have one of the highest sickness rates in government. They take an average of 12.6 days...
  • Federal Pay Retooling Proposed. Unions Critical of White House Plan to Widen Merit System

    07/19/2005 6:12:46 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 11 replies · 436+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2005 | By Christopher Lee, Washington Post Staff Writer
    The administration wants to abolish the General Schedule pay system by 2010 and require that at least part of every pay raise for the government's 1.8 million civilian employees hinge on an annual performance evaluation, President Bush's top management guru said yesterday. ....break..... The administration's initiative faces significant hurdles on Capitol Hill. Key lawmakers have said the White House should not consider such sweeping measures until results are in from Homeland Security and Defense. The Government Accountability Office also has said that many agencies are not ready to carry out meaningful evaluations of their employees, a crucial component of the...
  • Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS

    01/27/2005 8:51:21 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 524+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2005 | Christopher Lee
    White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel PoliciesThe Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees. The new system will replace the half-century-old General Schedule, with its familiar 15 pay grades and raises based on time in a job, and install a system that more directly bases pay on occupation and annual...
  • (FRENCH) Civil servant faces sack for book on being lazy

    07/28/2004 10:45:47 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 584+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 29, 2004 | Colin Randall
    A French civil servant who wrote a fly-on-the-wall account of office life advising workers on how to get away with as little as possible has been threatened with disciplinary action. Corinne Maier's book depicts a business culture more reminiscent of the British television series The Office than the corridors of corporate power. She describes how the least effective people rise to positions of senior management where they are most harmless while no one ventures into a corridor without a clipboard. "The corporate culture is nothing more than the crystallisation of the stupidity of a group of people at any given...
  • 80,000 Civil Service jobs threatened by cost-cutting plan

    02/15/2004 6:34:03 PM PST · by ijcr · 5 replies · 116+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 16/02/2004 | Staff
    As many as 80,000 civil servants would see their jobs disappear under a £15 billion cost-cutting programme proposed to the Government. Sir Peter Gershon, the head of the Government's efficiency review, provided the estimates in a 195-page document presented to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Details of his unpublished recommendations, seen by the Financial Times, emerged as Oliver Letwin, the shadow chancellor, unveiled proposals trim public spending by £35 billion a year. The reforms suggested by Sir Peter, head of the Office of Government Commerce, would lead to the death of the "generalist" civil servant, with higher-paid, higher-skilled specialists...