As the health care debate and health care reform war rages daily in the news across this nation, one issue remains in the back of many civil servants minds. Federal employees have returned to work. They are working quietly yet diligently to catch up on missed deadlines while trying to keep up with new work and assignments. Federal employees are doing this while silently counting the days to mid-January.
Our U.S. civil servants are making plans for the Thanksgiving family gathering and trying to decide what they can afford to purchase for their children at Christmas. All the while wondering if there will be another government shutdown shortly after the new year.
This note is to say that I remember you. As a retired civil servant, I have not forgotten those who still work to make the United States economically vibrant, safe and secure every day.
I hope this team of congressional representatives working on a budget compromise remembers you. I hope this team will solemnly and thoughtfully complete their duty to you and to all in the United States of America on time.
Even more interesting is to understand that federal agencies have already prepared and submitted fiscal year 2014 budgets. Believe it or not, federal agencies have already submitted fiscal year 2015 budgets. This is required. Federal agencies and civil servants continue to perform their missions in spite of what goes on around them.
Any thoughts on this important and the seemingly unnoticed budget deadline are welcome.