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RavensChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:48 PM
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A Federal Hiring Freeze???
I came across this and my mouth dropped to the floor:

Bill would freeze agency hiring until deficit disappears
May 6, 2011

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

Rep. Tom Marino wants to freeze hiring across the government until the deficit has been knocked out.

The freshman Pennsylvania Republican introduced the Federal Hiring Freeze Act of 2011 on Thursday. The bill, however, would not freeze all of government from meeting hiring needs.

The legislation would exempt from the freeze:

U.S. Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission
Federal law-enforcement positions
Reassignment of personnel within the same agency
Short-term, seasonal hiring
Transitional positions involving a new presidential administration
"The time for talk is over; now is the time for action," Marino said in a release. "We must stick to the trifecta of downsizing Washington, cutting spending, and keeping taxes low. If we do, we will see extraordinary results."

Marino's bill becomes another in a growing list of legislative proposals aimed at federal workers. There are at least three other bills that would either freeze the federal workforce or cut it, or require furloughs.

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry told Federal News Radio earlier this week that the size of the government is smaller than it was under President Lyndon Johnson.

And House Republican and Democrats also sparred at a recent hearing about the size of the federal workforce.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said at the hearing in March that the Republican claims that the federal workforce grew by 157,000 employees over the last three years doesn't tell the entire story. Lynch said agencies also lost more than 616,000 employees during the same time frame.

Marino said the 2.7 million executive branch workforce still is too big.

His bill would go into effect for the first fiscal year after its passage and would terminate when the Office of Management and Budget determines that there is no longer an annual federal budget deficit.

The Federal Hiring Freeze Act of 2011 would require the President to provide quarterly reports to Congress describing all appointments made during that three-month period.

"This is all about accountability," Marino said. "This would require the executive branch to show us that it is abiding by the provisions of the law and force it to be accountable to Congress, and more importantly, to the citizens of the United States."

Here's my take on this: first of all, speaking as a Federal employee, this teabagger has NO idea whatsover what it really takes to have the government operating, especially in the DC metro area. This would bring the entire area down 10 fucking times worse than a shutdown would have done. Tell me something, who would approve labels or grants or other services that come with the territory? How in the hell are companies that have to rely on the Federal Government supposed to survive if there are no qualified people with the skills to provide these services are not hired by the government?? It's true that this current Congress has done no one no favors (look at all the shit we had to deal with for 8 years with Dumbya), and heaven knows what the President is going to do or not do, but this bill won't even make it off this asshole's desk. Also, what about Federal workers who need a change in venue, as it were, and want to work for another Federal agency? Great. This is another reason why 2012 has got to be the year for REAL CHANGE!!!!!! Bad enough we gotta deal with a pay freeze and now this?!?!? I'm sick of these teabaggers now more than ever, and this makes me want to seriously scream!

For all of this, I might as well go back to the private sector. Sheesh!

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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:59 PM
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1. It's simple
First they attack the workers, and when the agencies can no longer provide the services you mention...they introduce legislation shutting down those agencies.

I work in DC as well...and I know that where I work there are people, especially in the higher grade positions who are and vote Republican...and they are very highly educated. I guess what I have problems understanding is why would any federal worker vote Republican?
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mkz77655 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-11 05:03 PM
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3. +1
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 07:20 PM
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2. Right.
Won't happen.
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