If there is another government shutdown on Feb. 15, it may be the earthquake that causes the retirement tsunami to finally strike.
Are shutdowns miserable and unfair? Absolutely. Should federal workers be treated the way they were? No way. Is the government a terrible employer? No.
Regardless of views on the wall or immigration or border security, commentator Jeff Neal believes most Americans can agree on one thing: This shutdown is a shameful display of politics and utter disregard for people.
The current partial government shutdown, and the full shutdowns that preceded it are, in some respects, simulated shutdowns. They are very real for the people whose pay relies on appropriated funds, but in many other respects they are not shutdowns at all. And that is the problem.
Should you be worried about a shutdown that lasts all of 2019, and perhaps even into 2020?
The truth is that shutdowns are bad, no one wins, and everyone loses. The sooner it is over the better off we will all be.
Having political and career leaders engage with the workforce in a constructive and respectful manner is not a Democrat/Republican issue. It is a matter of leadership and should be treated that way.
The recent passing of former President George H.W. Bush prompted a lot of discussion about Bush and his experience in government before his presidency. “41,” as he came to be known, came from a background in the executive branch.
We often complain about problems in government, or problems we believe government can solve, but do not always see a way to go beyond complaining and get started on making a difference.
A recent GAO report concluded that employees believe agencies are doing reasonably well on four of OPM’s Five Phases of Performance Management, with improvement needed on rewarding.