1:18 PM, Mar 11, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Justin Sink of Government Executive reports:
Gallup recently found 44 percent of the federal workforce maintains a financial well-being that is “strong and consistent,” 10 percentage points higher than the rest of the U.S. workforce. About 39 percent of feds were labeled as “struggling” (moderate or inconsistent financial well-being), while just 17 percent were “suffering” (low and inconsistent well-being). That compares to 42 percent of all workers who are struggling, and 24 percent that are suffering.
Federal workers, of course, enjoy more job security. According to a recent report, it takes some 170 days to terminate the employment of an underperforming bureaucrat. Which is plenty of time for a job search and you can copy the resume and send it around on government time and equipment.
And, finally some bureaucrats do very well, indeed, as:
About 308,000 non-Defense federal employees earned six figures in 2014, while about 17,000 made more than $200,000. The median federal employee salary -- not accounting for benefits -- is about $78,000 annually, while the median U.S. salary is about $51,000.
4:52 PM, Dec 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News reported this morning on two brave utility workers, employed by Con Edison, who chased the New York City cop murderer from the crime scene to the subway:
7:04 AM, Dec 1, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently solicited quotes from contractors to recruit minors ages sixteen and seventeen to purchase "regulated tobacco products" on the Internet. The purchase attempts must be made from a facility located in Virginia and shipped to a P.O. Box provided by the FDA for purposes of this probe. The FDA is careful to note that the contractor must "debrief minors on the dangers of tobacco use" and that the minors "[agree] NOT to attempt to purchase tobacco products" outside of the FDA investigation.
1:08 PM, May 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the more intriguing aspects of the VA health care scandal is the way the paperwork was creatively done to make it appear that the system was operating as it was meant to.
In theory . . .12:00 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Employers’ requests for the limited number of H1-B visas that allow foreign skilled workers to work and live here has wildly exceeded the supply. After all, the visas allow employers to hire foreigners, rather than bid up wage rates to attract American citizens, or incur the cost of training Americans to do the job. And the visas are free.
12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Free traders are ecstatic. Negotiators at the 9th World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Bali cheered, hugged, and wept at what they see as the successful culmination of their recent round of talks. “A giant step for businesses large and small,” enthused the CEO of UPS.
But they opt to cut school workers' hours instead. 10:53 AM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Obamacare is costing one Indiana school district $6 million, WTHI reports:
"In the past, we've told you about the new federal healthcare law and how small business and local governments have been hit," said the anchor. "The next area affected by the law could be education."
11:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden offered returning federal workers handshakes, hugs, and kisses -- and muffins, too -- this morning at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Via the pool report:
10:00 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government is shutdown. That means only federal government employees that are deemed "essential" are going in to work.
We're led to believe it's a bare bones operation (Michelle Obama won't be tweeting, the National Park Service website is down, etc.). But in reality it appears the number of folks working is higher than half the federal employees. Or, in raw numbers, about 1,350,000 "essential" federal government employees are still working. And that does not include the 589,000 postal employees, who are working, too.
"No one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us."3:32 PM, Apr 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama praised federal workers in remarks today, calling them an "invisible face." Her remarks were delivered at the Department of Interior.
"I ... know that the work that you do isn’t easy, especially right now during these times. I know that budget cuts mean that you all are juggling even more responsibilities with fewer resources. And I know that many of you are stretched thinner than ever before," said the first lady.
1:51 PM, Mar 31, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson and Charles Lane, on Fox News Sunday's "Panel Plus":
"They still have nothing to do."8:02 AM, Oct 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids filed this report on the stimulus-receiving battery company, LG Chem: