Running The Swamp As A Bidness

Lump of Coal, anyone?

Tiger Beat (again) tells us: White House calls for deep agency cuts

The White House on Wednesday will direct federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year, according to the White House budget chief and documents provided to POLITICO.

Agency heads will receive a 14-page memorandum outlining changes. The memo, which replaces the federal hiring ban Trump enacted in January, outlines cuts based on Trump’s “skinny” budget, released last month. The budget proposal called for deep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in military spending.

 …and of course this action has the required buzzwords of corporate America: actions, performance, effective…

The memo tells agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.” It also instructs agencies to develop by June 30 a plan to “maximize employee performance” — i.e., take steps to reward employees deemed effective while working to improve or dismiss weak performers. The memo also calls for delivery by September of an agency reform plan to shrink personnel to accommodate long term budget reductions outlined in the skinny budget.

…which is odd when you consider that there is no profit and loss calculation on government.  What’s that you say?

Speaking to reporters, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the end result will likely take effect in about 11 months. The executive branch will be dramatically different, Mulvaney said, with agencies operating more like private businesses. Mulvaney downplayed the cuts, saying the focus was on making agencies more efficient, not just smaller.

Oh, private bidness, which is accountable to no one. Got it.

The memo also tells agencies to explore new technologies to “automate processes and result in increased efficiency and budgetary savings.”

Automate? So automate the swamp? “Bribes go in here, payback comes out here?” Just replace the agencies with an ATM outside the boss’ office. That ought to do it.

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5 Responses to Running The Swamp As A Bidness

  1. roket says:

    Guess all those unemployed government workers will have to become coal miners.


  2. Jim says:

    Well, first of all, the “skinny budget” was developed entirely by champion ratf*cker Mulvaney with a few of his staff based entirely taking clips from random Trump rally barkings. Not one agency consulted – or Congress for that matter. So the budget proposal, which is for FY18, is effectively dead since everyone except the “Freedom Caucus” hates it. These idiots will also find out that statutes and regulations have to be implemented; you can’t just decide that you’re not going to implement or enforce a law because the Trump Administration doesn’t like it. So either you keep the staff or agencies end up using contractors (which is more expensive) instead.In any event, they’ll have lawsuits and injunctions raining down on them all the time. Yes, the cuts are so drastic in many agencies that, even if they are scaled back during negotiations there will be a lot of pain and discontent among both ordinary citizens but also a lot of powerful businesses that get a lot of business from Uncle Sam. Probably not a winning strategy for 2018.


    • tengrain says:

      Even I know enough about the budgeting process to know that cutting something in department X does not mean you can add the equivalent to department y. So this bizarre idea of cutting the EPA to give more money to the Pentagon is actually impossible/illegal by statute.

      (And yes, I worked on software for the Feds that made that point absolutely clear in the requirements-gathering phase.)

      These mugs are completely out of their league. I can hardly wait for someone to try to explain that to them.




  3. It is the ‘HULK SMASH’ theory of governance.

    The GOP breaks everything for four years like a meth addled orangutang in a china shop, then scream and complain that the next folks in aren’t cleaning up the mess quickly enough, so they won’t give them any money to do it.

    Eventually we end up with a massive army and the rest of the country deeply dysfunctional. That has historically worked out real fucking well.


  4. paul fredine says:

    is this what jarud’s been up to in his responsibilities as ‘gubmint overholler’? where’d he find the time during his attempts to bring peace to the middle east?



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