I know that Congress has a lot of hype going on about giving agency heads and managers the right to fire nonperforming federal employees. Managers already have that right. They may not do it now, because it takes time and documentation.
Here’s the problem with the hype. I served in the federal government for 30 years in different agencies. In my first full-time federal government job, I saw at least one person escorted out the door by security. It was stunning to me and eye-opening as a young person to know then that this can and does happen.
In my second full-time federal government job I saw another individual fired. In all of my positions in federal service I have seen at least one or more federal workers fired, never to return, or allowed to resign before firing.
At this point, I don’t understand this notion that federal employees can’t be removed from their jobs. I have seen this happen on a number of occasions. Who do you trust to tell you the truth?
I am retired now. On some occasions I have had to tell my supervisors “no” in what they asked me to do. What would happen to me in the new environment being proposed in Congress? Would my manager get to fire me because I would not do as they ask? I was not a “whistle blower”, just a hard working federal employee with integrity. There were things I would not do even when asked because they were not appropriate.
For example, part of my job was managing contracts and in doing so there were and still are numerous laws that I was required to uphold to ensure that nothing even gave the “appearance” of being unlawful.
Again, who do you believe? No one should just take someone at their word. You don’t know why they say or do what they do. Do your own research before you decide. The direction of this new Congress is troubling.
How about just making sure that the laws that are already in place are upheld. Maybe they don’t know the laws that are in place?
Read this just as an example:
There is probably plenty of other stuff you can find on your own if you want to know the truth. Don’t just trust the hype because it’s easy.