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By Phil Piemonte

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You've got to reach out

In Washington, outreach is a must-have program element of any good public affairs effort. Of course, reaching out has its risks. That’s a lesson often learned by people who have reached out to pet the wrong dog.

And right now, plenty of federal employees are ready to bite back.

Witness some of the entries on a new website — a product of the president’s Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative — created to solicit feds’ ideas on how to make the government more efficient and effective.

Although most feds are offering nuts and bolts ideas, many more are offering suggestions combined with a piece of their mind. For example, one of the more popular ideas, which users can vote on, is: “Stop balancing the budget on the backs of federal employees.” Another: “Contractors cost too much.”

Plenty of the suggestions take particular aim at Congress, which recently has taken particular aim at feds.

“Congress should have the same benefits as [regular] feds,” one wrote. “Pass a budget or withhold congressional pay,” wrote another. And “make all laws passed by Congress apply to Congress.”

Another fed suggests eliminating salaries for members of Congress who have a net worth of more than $3 million or who earn more than $300,000 a year.

One fed suggests an even more frugal approach: Capping members’ salaries at the average household income for the state they represent. Talk about pay for performance!

You can go to the site to get a look at more of your co-workers’ ideas — and to offer your own.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Mar 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Thu, Apr 21, 2011

The debt commission recommends reducing the federal work force by 10% over the next 10 years. Paul Ryan wants to reduce the federal work force 10% over the next four years. 15% of the current federal work force is CSRS. Incentivize these folks enough to leave, and 10% of the federal work force could be gone by the end of FY 2012---all CSRSers! No RIFs, no furloughs, no angst, and across-the-board. Lots of opportunities for those remaining, at much less cost!

Wed, Apr 6, 2011

Since Congress and Senate members are elected by the people of their "STATE," they should be paid as "State" employee to include benefits and their staff the same. Don't think they would have such a sweet deal as they do now.

Fri, Apr 1, 2011

Buy out! Buy out! Buy out! for those who have 25 years and age 55 or older. this would cut costs.
with this buyout we want more then a 25 thousand dollar bonus. How about 50 thousand?

Thu, Mar 31, 2011

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE carry out desk audits. People should be paid for the work they DO now! Not the work they did 10 to 15 years ago. For example, some people get paid in our agency for a job they no longer do because of technology advances. Everyone has a computer on their desk now. So, some jobs are obscolete.

Thu, Mar 24, 2011

Carry out desk audits at all agencies. When what you're looking for is found: some federal employees being way overpaid (only some; not all) -- then put them on a salary that matches their performance. As simple as that and the money is saved. But, STOP GENERALIZING! Not all of us are overpaid! Most are the supervisors' pets, too!

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