Ten days and counting away from another potential federal government shutdown. Joe Davidson, Federal Diary of the Washington Post has an article summarizing a thought-provoking report by the Partnership for Pubic Service entitled “Government Disservice.”
Here’s the link to download the report –
and a panel discussion on the report –
This Federal Diary article also gives a chronology of government shutdowns since 1976 along with the reason for each shutdown.
Since we are here again only after two years since the last federal government shutdown, I am not feeling real optimistic at this point and I am usually a very optimistic person.
Here’s an article giving “5 obstacles to stopping a government shutdown” from the Atlantic Journal-Constitution. Of course the first obstacle is time.
Here’s another moment in which federal agencies get to be blamed or punished for the problems in our nation. This is hard for the federal workforce to take and still remain innovative and energetic in carrying out their duties and responsibilities every day.
Congressional leaders/presidential candidates seem to want to get rid of the federal workforce or get rid of as many of them as possible. How can anyone do a great job under such circumstances? Feelings of stress, anger and even fear are to be expected, especially now.
In our books entitled We Are Not the Enemy: Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service of 2103 and 2014 Review and Update, we give our perspective on why we are counting down to another shutdown today.
First of all, we chose this title because it neatly summarized our concerns. Federal employees indeed are perceived as the enemy to the American public. These books explored reasons for why this is, and in an attempt to determine why, we identified three root causes:
1) federal agencies aren’t assertively promoting the vital work they do, causing the public to be uninformed or misinformed of what federal employees do and why they do it;
2) political leaders – entrusted to pass federal budgets, on time, allowing federal agencies to work within reliable and predictable fiscal cycles – aren’t doing their jobs; and
3) individual citizens aren’t fulfilling their civic duty – to be informed and engaged in the conduct of our democracy – and this contributes to degradation in federal services.
Its been years since we first set down these root causes. I believe these still hold true today.
Once these three are addressed and fixed, I don’t think we will come to this point of another federal government shutdown again at least for many, many years.
Enough is enough. Its long past time to fix this problem. No more excuses.