I visited my former agency and all seemed quiet. I wondered what happened to the high energy. What happened to the laughter and hum of conversations? Is there anything I can do to help? I actually wanted to start dancing and singing up and down the rows and rows of quiet cubicles. Cube life in itself is no joke. Whose idea was that anyway?
What’s going on now that all seemed quiet and waiting? Haven’t you heard?
Another potential federal government shutdown is on the minds of federal employees right now. How can anyone get their job done? How can anyone focus on their key responsibilities as they wonder what will happen at the end of this month? Again? Are we really here again?
What was the reason for the last shutdown? This is a reminder with a brief timeline.
Why are we in this place again? Same congressman and a few more. Different issue. At stake again? Thousands of federal employees across our great nation who are already depressed and already frequently maligned by the people they serve.
And the blame game is on again.
Some say this one will be different..
Some are working to keep this from happening again.
Will this ever stop? Many federal employees are retiring. Their experience and knowledge are disappearing in their agencies. Who will care? When will anyone care? Well, my guess is that people will care when a particular service is really needed and no one is there to provide it or no one is around who knows who to provide it.
I hope this won’t happen when there is no federal government to help anyone. I don’t really believe the people in the U.S. want all federal government to be gone. They only want the parts gone that they don’t understand or don’t like. Who likes the IRS, for example? Who doesn’t believe that some entity must collect some funds in order to keep national security and national defense running effectively, at the very least. How about food and drug safety, at least? How about keeping those roads, bridges and overpasses safe, at least?
I could go on and on with these few examples. When will our congressional leadership sit down and really consider what services are needed from the federal government and how many people are needed to provide those services? Why won’t they do this? Because these are not easy issues to resolve. These issues require them to read and understand and make difficult decisions.
When I worked in the federal government, Congress did not clearly say what they wanted us to do and not to do. As our budget was cut year after year, the leadership in our agency had to decide what we needed to continue to do what we could no longer afford to do. This is not the appropriate way to run the federal government.
Simply cutting funds is not making decisions about programs and services that should or should not continue. Over the past several years and different administrations, this effort has been a “guessing game” for agencies as they have struggled with continuous budget cuts.
With no guidance from Congress just cuts of funds, the budget process has basically been a guessing game with some programs and services going really really wrong and others struggling to perform at the appropriate level.
What can I do? What can you do?
Don’t believe the hype, again. Do your own research into the issues at hand then decide how you feel about the latest state of affairs.
I don’t know about you, but I have yet to participate in any of the presidential surveys that we hear about every single day now. I keep wondering when someone, anyone will ask me how I feel about the 2016 candidates? I wonder who are all these people giving their opinions and why are their opinions more important than mine?
Guess what? Their opinions don’t matter as much as mine or yours. Don’t let daily surveys from the unknown people guide your thoughts and actions. Make your own decisions.
Remember as I have told you before, I am sure you have at least one federal employee/civil servant you know as neighbor or relative or friend. Federal employees are people with families and bills just like you. There are federal employees who live pay check to pay check just like anyone else today.
Does this federal government shutdown really have to happen again?
Your thoughts are welcome.