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  •  I'm in the same boat (7+ / 0-)

    but what is the worst about this is the ignorance shown toward what we do as fed employees and why we do it.

    I am a federal scientist and with my skill set could have made a lot of money in the last 25 years, but I chose public service.  A Federal career is not always peaches, and I honestly can say I've been fortunate. But there have been trade-offs.

    I can say that if they offer a buyout to retire four years before I  hit the 30-year mark I would take it in a heartbeat. Travel is seriously restricted -- and to even have a training class of 15 people or attend a meeting with more than 15 employees there (say GSA, AGU scientific meetings?) requires Bureau leadership level approval. In a science agency, this is really hurting us -- we are falling behind in our mission.

    It's getting hard to go to work and face it every day.

    •  Tell me about it... (3+ / 0-)

      I am aerospace engineer and the only vibroacoustics expert in my part of my agency. I could have gone somewhere else, but I choose to help scientists advance their understanding of the heavens and the earth for the last 30 years.

      I was going to stick around until age 62 when I max out under the old plan, but I may be out in 5 at the minimum age. With system I am on, CSRS, being underfunded, I am wondering whether these sweethearts will honor the contract that I signed on for.

    •  The level of ignorance among the general public on (4+ / 0-)

      the actual role of federal agencies and employees is abysmal in part due to self inflicted damage. I went through the shutdown under Clinton and began to conclude maybe a "soft" shutdown was a mistake. My agency was sealed off from the public damage done was invisible behind security. What I saw elsewhere and heard in comments convinced me the juggling to lessen impact the public would see in other agencies was a missed lesson for those with views such as "keep the feds out of my Medicare."

      How can they say such idiotic things? Look at the Medicare Card. No big "U.S. Government" or agency logo, just a little stylized eagle similar to many found on commercial items. This problem of invisible government goes much further so that the inattentive can assume it has no role in all sorts of products and services that depend on "big government" as I noted in a recent comment:

      We have become a civics idiot society in many respects. I heard someone complaining recently that the National Weather Service was useless because we have the Weather Channel. Where do you suppose the Weather Channel and those weather guys and gals on TV get their data? Oh yeah, those commercial re-distributors surely fund things like the National Data Buoy Center giving us hard data on those oceanic storms coming at us. Recently the Weather Channel decided to name winter storms, convenient for the additional hype the commercial  re-distributors love so much—how else do they sell commercials.

      What goes for weather goes for lots of other stuff where our government's hard work in data collection and analysis gets skimmed for commercial use and the public begins to thing the commercial users are the source. Another NOAA example, the expensive surveys are done at taxpayer expense but the charts, unlike the U.K., are not "crown copyright" so re-distributors sell ads for their printed copies and then sell the charts and ads to boaters in nice folios. Sometimes they even fail to prominently note the actual source.

      If this TP/GOP shit continues the damage will eventually be seen by the public like when the termite damage causes the floor to collapse—too damn late.

      Any of us that are or were in government know of waste that could be effectively cut. The other thing we know is that the big wastage comes from Congress, not "faceless bureaucrats," in mandating sometimes duplicative or downright wasteful projects and programs favoring their districts or donors. The real problem "Inside the Beltway" is sent to Washington from all those Congressional Districts and states wanting "bacon" regardless of national needs. Among the worst of those are ones ranting most against "big government" and "waste" and swinging meat axes.

      Maybe a once every few generations some bad medicine such as I noted, to some objection, here is needed for the general health of the patient. Such a thing would damage me personally, but I am beginning to think a lesson is necessary. Maybe, as one example, we need skies as silent as after 9/11 and TV weather people unable to show that radar image (No, that isn't likely 'Channel X radar'—it is NOAA radar. Channel X couldn't begin to afford the thing.) that actually comes from a government radar for a week or so.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:37:11 AM PDT

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