As 2013 comes to an end, I am reflecting on what has happened this year in politics and what has happened to my colleagues who remain in federal service. I now understand that even as a federal retiree, my benefits can and are threatened by those who play politics with people’s lives. I now also know that there are fewer reasons why a young person would consider a federal career.
Even though federal workers don’t get the pay advantages of private industry they did have good benefits. As federal benefits come under attack time and time again, who in their right mind would consider federal service as a career? No raises. Few benefits. No future.
By the way…”Who defends the civil servant? The great majority of civil servants work hard, are dedicated to their duties, and consider public service to be a noble calling. However, blaming the government or federal employees for the ills of our society is the easy way out for some. And federal employees are easy marks because they can’t defend themselves.
But think about this: where would we be, really, without the contributions of the American civil service workers? And wasn’t it odd that during the October 2013 shutdown that the public got such a better appreciation for the services of the federal workforce?” This is an excerpt from We are Not the Enemy: Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service.