Time For A Change – Make Govt. Employees Accountable
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If you are a federal employee, no worries. Less than one-half of one percent get fired. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said, “It’s so laborious for managers to address poor performers that sometimes it’s easier for them to ignore the bad employee or give suspension with pay and hope that it corrects itself.”
With the average annual pay for federal jobs approaching $100k, plus fat benefits packages and generous time off, taxpayers should expect top-notch performance. But we all know that, for the most part, federal departments and agencies are the gold standard for ineptitude and inefficiency. Because government employee unions bubble-wrap their members, our government must hire several people for every job that would require only a single worker in the real world.
Unlike jobs in the private sector, where every employee must contribute to profit or hit the highway, nobody other than Congressman Meadows seems to care about the buildings full of bodies accomplishing little or nothing. The agency and department heads are not concerned; it’s not their money! Plus, the measure of success and power in government is not what you accomplish, or how much money you save the taxpayers – it’s how many employees you accumulate.
And the head bureaucrats are as unaccountable as the line employees. When called to task by congressional oversight committees for poor performance, or even illegal acts, they no longer feel compelled to even answer questions. They know that their bread is buttered by the administration, not Congress. Who is in charge? Nobody. The buck stops nowhere.
I’d like to see employee unions either shut down or severely restricted. The federal government is a monopoly, where the elected can spend taxpayer money to get themselves re-elected. Government employees should at least be hired at-will, just as they are in the private sector, so managers can hire, discipline, and fire without facing union intervention or a morass of federal regulations. And department officials must be made accountable to Congress too, or the notion of congressional “oversight” is no more than a shallow joke.
Like any rehab program, the first thing we have to do is admit that we have a problem. Then we have to work on some serious change in accountability.
Tom Balek is a fellow conservative activist, blogger, musician and contributes to the ARRA News Service. Tom resides in South Carolina and seeks to educate those too busy with their work and families to notice how close to the precipice our economy has come. He blogs at Rockin' On the Right Side
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