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By Phil Piemonte

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It’s cold out there

The holidays are over. And a freeze is now upon the land.

Soon the new gang will get into town. Washington, that is. And then the fun will start anew.

When it comes to stability, the good news has always been that your job is underwritten by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government.

Now, as a new bunch of fiscal hawks ride into Congress, the bad news is that your job is underwritten by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government.

Many (though not all) of the federal lawmakers who consistently come down on the side of federal employees will now find themselves in the minority. For the next two years at least, the main job of fed-friendly legislators (as far as your interests as feds are concerned) will be to hold the line on cuts to pay, benefits and workforce numbers.

Given these developments, we'd like some of you to play pundit for a moment and make a prediction about the federal workplace for the coming year. Pretend you're on the McLaughlin Group line-up and it's your turn to prognosticate.

Long-time feds in particular—those who have seen cost-cutting efforts come and go—may be able to offer some insightful forecasts.

We’re listening…

(P.S. Since we've already discussed the pay freeze six ways to Sunday, let's try to move on from that one.)

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jan 03, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Feb 7, 2011

From my vantage point, I see many over payed federal employees making six figure incomes and not doing much for it. These employees have experience in fields that don't command six figure salaries in the private sector, but since the government has put a premium on their experience as it applies to public safety--they are handsomely rewarded. I thought you had to be a lawyer or a doctor to make that kind of money? That's where the fat needs to be trimmed IMHO.

Mon, Jan 3, 2011 Virginia Maryland

The Republican Party has a central thesis that government should not engage in any business/work that private enterprise can do. Notice there is no "can do better" in that clause. The RP wants contracts to replace fulltime government employees. Ask any regular employee and they will tell you that contractors are a waste of money. If we get furlowed, I will not turn a hand even if I have alternate worksite capability. That will be the only way that the knit pickers down town will understand how important us feds are.

Mon, Jan 3, 2011 Alphaopera Pittsburgh, Pa.

Congress should look at their bloated staffs, the assistant to the assistant positions. Remember when the previous administration stated that the oil revenues from Iraq was supposed to fund the war...what a joke. Get out of Iraq and Afghan and perhaps mind our own business. We cannot afford to police the world, we spend billions at the UN for that purpose. Also, I would be extremely leery of that Senator from Oklahoma who has shown a hatred for the federal workforce. He did state our pensions are not a guaranteed right. (Paraphrase)

Mon, Jan 3, 2011

As a retired federal worker with 30 yrs I would come back to federal service in a minute, so quit complaining, it's a job. You talk about federal workers retiring and going to private industry and making big bucks that's true for a very short time. But what you don't know is private industry uses our expertise, and is unstable I was laid off 3 times, and left with a pension of less than $20k to live on from the govt that I can't live on. Everyone in govt doesn't make big bucks. SO what do I do? My position went away so I had no choice but to retire. Can you live on $20K? I can't, and our insurance went up, so now I get less.

Mon, Jan 3, 2011 TN

I have been told by numerous people to be thankful I have a job. I AM thankful, however, I still need enough to cover my monthly expenses. I cannot live on "thankful" alone.

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