Government service offers an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference, to make a tremendous contribution to our country. There certainly is a unique role of the federal government that no one else (state, local, private) can perform.
When there are catastrophic events, people look to federal agencies for relief. Federal agencies can garner resources across jurisdictions by pulling together the appropriate entities and expertise both nationally and internationally. Such other entities on their own have limited resources but individually have the appropriate skills to make a combined and coordinated response quick and effective.
You can recall examples when national responses to emergencies were effective and when they were not. When they were effective, appropriate resources were made readily available. When they were not, more than likely it was due to a lack of readily available and appropriate resources. Who do people look for when a national emergency occurs? They expect a fast, efficient and effective federal government.
To prevent catastrophes or ensure quick responses when they occur, there has to be an organization – strong, professional and efficient, at the ready. Without strong and efficient federal government involvement, the people are left to their own limited resources without protection, without recourse, and without help in difficult situations. (excerpt from The U.S. Civil Servant)
I don’t say these things because I was a federal employee. I say these things because I believe this is the truth. Over my thirty years of federal service, I worked in a variety of departments and agencies in different capacities. Through it all, the work was challenging and rewarding. I worked for and with many dedicated civil servants now called federal employees. Many remain who need to hear that what they still do is appreciated.
In The Washington Post today (October 25, 2013) under the Politics & The Nation section, there is an article entitled Lawmakers’ new focus: Replacing sequester, by Lori Montgomery. Even after all that happened in the past days over the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, as quoted from this article “Republicans want to replace the agency cuts by trimming spending on Medicare and other long-term expenses, such as pensions for federal workers.” Here we go again. Federal employees are still unappreciated by their own leadership and therefore still vulnerable.
We must say some encouraging words about ourselves and those we know who continue to work hard every day to provide key services to the people of this great nation. There’s enough bashing of federal workers. It’s time now to uplift and encourage. What do you have to say?