OMB Director Mick Mulvaney is going to run the gubmint like a bidness if it kills him (and all of us), dammit. Anyway on April 12 he issued some sort of proclamation thingie directing various agencies to fire
the blood sucking leeches federal employees to free up precious bodily fluids tax dollars that can be used for feather-nesting cronies elsewhere.
“Washington often crafts costly solutions in search of a problem. The result has been … too many federal employees stuck in a system that is not working for the American people.”
And while I will not argue/defend much there, I will note that about half of the Pentagon budget goes to outside corporations. Running it like a bidness means outsourcing, and they are already doing that, and it is mosdef not a cost-savings. So unless the programs that these employees are servicing go away (which would require an act of Congress, literally), then the headcount will shift to a contracting company. This isn’t right-sizing the gubmint or making it more efficient, this is transferring tax dollars to the private sector.
The largest civilian workforce, according to the BLS, is the VA (Hair Führer proposes a 6 percent increase).
The next largest are the Army, the Navy, the Department of Homeland Security and the Air Force. (Hair Führer wants to increase their budgets, too.)
And then we get to the fun part with ol’ Mick Mulvaney: he thinks that cutting the federal workforce will be good for the morale of the departments:
A reporter asked Mulvaney about the morale of federal workers: “How are you addressing that? Because I think what’s going to happen is employees are going to get depressed.”
“They shouldn’t be,” Mulvaney responded. “And here’s one of frustrations that government workers have, is that we don’t reward those who do a really good job, and we don’t punish those who do a lousy job. …”That is one of the things we’ve asked the agencies to look at: How do you restructure your personnel policies in order to point out people who are doing a great job and figuring out a way to get folks who are not delivering money for the taxpayer, get them on board with whatever it is — whatever policy you’re trying to achieve.”
In other words, if you get to keep your job that is your reward. So the beatings will continue until morale improves.