As I have said in my previous post, I am fighting to be nonpartisan. As a retired federal employee it is hard to watch what’s happening today without concern. I worked 30+ years in the federal government which means I served over various Republican and Democrat administrations. All of which federal employees have been called upon as part of their sworn duty to serve these administrations and follow their policies.
This is the first time I have ever heard of federal employees, including senior leadership defying the edicts of the incoming administration. Highly unusual. People in this country should be paying serious attention to this. Those in the Senior Executive Service (SES) in particular tend to vie for the attention of the new administration to improve their career options and remain in their positions. This seems harsh but this is how it happens in any organization. Those at the top tend to want to remain there so they work with the incoming leaders to solidify or improve their positions. Fair competition is appropriate. Right?
This administration is going after even the career leadership (SES) in organizations who have served over various Republican and Democrat administrations. This is the unusual part for me.
Historically, most of these incoming administrations pick those in existing leadership who would best serve their purpose. There is rarely a blanket impression that all leaders that remain are part of the previous administration and are therefore enemies. Never happens. Until now.
It seems from current reports that federal agencies may go through another Reduction in Force (RIF). Painful. I have gone through this before. Watching yourself and your colleagues wondering who is going to get the envelope that sends them home or which one will be ‘bounced’ to another job they held before bouncing someone else out into the street. RIF’s are not simple and straightforward, but always painful. They don’t really work because those holes left in organizations as a result of a RIF will eventually be filled again.
I ask all to consider as objectively as possible what is really going on today. We are not at war with any particular country but the administration is planning to increase military spending by double digits. There are those in our own country who have poor education opportunities and are starving. Those who are in serious debt due to a student loan crisis. What about helping our own first? What about improving the minimum wage to a ‘living wage?’
Just in case RIF’s happen again, here is information about them for your reading pleasure.
This one is interesting without the federal government stuff a lot of this kind of advertisement may come up very soon:
Here’s the guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, I think I have given you this before:
Been there, saw this. Very stressful. Missed it then. Could have happened to me and my family. Could happen to us now. I don’t want to see this happen again. You shouldn’t either.
Didn’t think it would ever happen again because it didn’t fix anything. Anyone looking at lessons learned?
The federal government loses good workers when RIF’s happen. Usually this action does not get rid of the so called ‘bad ones.’
Federal employees do get fired. I’ve seen it. If anyone really wants to improve the federal government, specifically work on this part without discrimination. Bad workers are bad workers and that should be the end of their story.
I will watch this unfold and talk about this later. The President’s budget is expected to be released shortly. Congress is now supposed to go into action on its own version.
Oh by the way, what is the status of transportation infrastructure investment? Critical promise for this administration.