Monday, March 30, 2009

You're not fired.

It is easier for the President of the United States to fire the CEO of General Motors than it is to get a federal employee fired.
"Very few federal employees -- in the hundreds, not the thousands -- are ever fired on the basis of poor performance," said Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University.

That's out of a federal workforce of 1.86 million, he said.

"If you want to fire an employee, you're taking on a task that is very intense and difficult, and biased in favor of protecting employees, and it can take a year or more to complete," Light said.
Does anyone see anything wrong with this?


  1. Excellent point!

    We all know there's no such thing as a poor performing federal employee. Don't you dare bring up the myriad of vetting slip ups the Administration's team made, or the DVD set for Gordon Brown - they were new on the job. How were they supposed to know? Not like it matters anyways. I just learned that the Administration will be making an announcement that from this day forward all administrative staff will be exempt from performance reviews. Yes, just like the lobbyist exceptions. And yes Geitner will be automatically exempted.

    Great blog by the way! Made my way here from a post over at Ace's on your great middle class tax cut video.

  2. As a Fed Supervisor Aero Engr, I have fired two folks over the years for poor performance. It was DAMNED hard each time.

    One time, the guy was so bug-nuts crazy that I took to carrying personal protection during the process.

    Both times took a year or more, and took HUGE resources away from my supervising my other dozen employees.

    It can be done, and should be done a lot more. Now if the Odiot wants to make a positive change, he can make this process easier/quicker.

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