Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the American Federation of Government Employees conference in Feb. 2017 Photo courtesy AFGE under creative commons license

Experts concerned about federal workforce issues after the passing of Chairman Cummings

Rational management of federal workforce issues depends heavily on bipartisan consideration in Congress. Yet some experts are expressing concern that this less political approach and careful attention may be harder to come by after the death of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

Cummings, according to experts quoted in a recent GovExec article, was extraordinarily inclined, compared with other lawmakers, toward taking a bipartisan approach to the needs of civil servants—an inclination that helped direct lawmakers toward supporting the proper functioning of federal agencies.

Robert Tobias, the director of business development at the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University and Don Kettl, a political scientist at the University of Texas – Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, are interviewed in the article.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is the acting chair of the committee.

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Fri, Nov 1, 2019 josh

To : "Josh you articulate your thoughts well ... " Thank you. I get pretty hot about those who think a COLA for working people is an indulgent luxury! I mean, where does that kind of thinking come from? Very, very few of us here on these pages are likely millionaires who don't need to worry about housing, education and health care costs, because we have THAT much! No way. But you see so many comments bashing small raises (COLAs) and even a hint of good treatment for ... us! Why? It's extremely hard for me to understand. Mostly, because IT MAKES NO SENSE. beating up on those fighting for our interests as working people. Anyway, I liked your point too, where you said how the top dogs are putting us down making us have "very high limited benefits plan while the vultures still have outstanding health care plans, bonuses and other perks." Thanks.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019 Bert

Absolutely! Need our raises in federal jobs. They are less than the rise in the cost of living. Look it up yourselves.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

The right wing pro- big business individuals who listen to minion talk radio shows spew the idea that the federal government workers are entitled. What a crock of non-sense spewing from such brainless minions.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Josh, You articulate your thoughts well. Yes, private industry is full of vultures who pick at the bones of their workers by denying adequate cost of livings, often over loading individuals with impossible tasks until a major health situation results and then they complain that the employee health care costs are so high. In that situation they change the health plans for the rank and file employees by choosing a very high limited benefits plan while the vultures still have outstanding health care plans, bonuses and other perks. Yes when they run the company into the ground they "down size" and outsource work. What a way to conduct business. For the individual who works for the corporate end of the deal, keep your bonuses and perks and more recognition will come your way when they eliminate any pension or 401K opportunities.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Agree with all of the posts here. The pay raises and locality increases in the federal government, while I agree shouldn't be expected, provide something to federal employees. In the government you cannot get anywhere close to the amount of yearly bonuses and other financial incentives that you can get in the private sector (in equivalent professional services jobs). Also agree with posters mentioning that the biggest workforce issue facing government employees are the constant threats of government shutdowns. The fact that the possibility of them throughout the year is now a norm,has made working for the federal government very stressful. I hope that there are advocates in Congress for avoiding them.

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