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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Trump to Deep State: You're Fired

The God-Emperor has the federal bureaucracy squarely in his sights:
President Trump will seek to "hire the best and fire the worst" federal government employees under the most ambitious proposal to overhaul the civil service in 40 years, officials said. The measures will be outlined in the budget plan that Trump will send to Congress Monday, said four Office of Management and Budget officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget hasn't been released.

Trump foreshadowed the proposal in a line in his State of the Union address last week: "Tonight, I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people," he said.

Trump is using the VA Accountability Act, which gave the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire and discipline workers, as a model. The White House says that law has resulted in the dismissal of 1,470 employees, the suspension of 443, demotions for 83 others last year.

"While to some people those are code words, they’re very clear to us," said American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox, who represents about 700,000 workers for the federal government and District of Columbia. "Basically it wipes out due process rights for employees."

Another pillar of the proposal would reduce automatic pay increases and instead use that money for a performance bonus pool.

Under the current system, federal employees get a review every one to three years. Employees whose performance is "fully successful" — as 99.7% are — get a within-grade "step" increase in addition to annual cost-of-living increases.

Trump's plan would stretch out the amount of time it takes to go from step 1 to step 10 from 18 years to 27 years, saving $10 billion over the next decade, officials said. That money would then go to high-performing employees either as merit raises or one-time bonuses.

Federal employee unions fear the pay-per-performance plan would be used to reward loyalists and discriminate against women and minorities.
This isn't that hard. If performance-based-pay discriminates against women and minorities, then they deserve to be discriminated against because they are unequal and inferior and are literally worth less as employees.

Equality does not exist. Not in the workplace, not in life, not in Heaven, and not in Hell.

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Blogger Miguel February 11, 2018 5:24 AM  

Right on.

Blogger Shimshon February 11, 2018 5:35 AM  

How on earth could Trump ever think we'd get tired of winning?! Still not tired.

Anonymous Anonymous February 11, 2018 5:40 AM  

"Equality does not exist. Not in the workplace, not in life, not in Heaven, and not in Hell."

Exactly so. If there was some way to teach this fact to the great majority of the people we would be a major step down the road toward rebuilding western civilization.

The left is so very hypocritical in that they see no problem with, for example, blacks being very successful at professional basketball but holler "racist" when blacks fail to do well at STEM related fields.

We all have different interests, likes, dislikes, talents, abilities, and so forth. Time to be realistic about that.

Blogger tublecane February 11, 2018 5:51 AM  

"While to some people those are code words"

What does this mean? Trump is activating KKK sleeper cells within the fedral bureaucracy?

Speaking of the Deep State, I was just watching a video of House Intelligence Committee guy Chris Stewart on Judge Jeanine's show posted at the conservative treehouse. He gets all sly when she brings up Bill Priestap, about whom he says we'll be hearing more soon.

Priestap is the counter-intelligence director at the FBI, boss of that Strzock character. A very important position in the fight against Trump.

Could he have turned? Might he be on Team Trump, willingly or reluctantly?

Blogger Shimshon February 11, 2018 6:09 AM  

@4 "Could he have turned? Might he be on Team Trump, willingly or reluctantly?"

Since you mentioned CTH, he makes a very strong argument that he has turned. I doubt it's willingly. But once he heard Comey's testimony last march, he had to know he was the intended fall guy, and probably turned right then and there. Priestap's home alone is worth more than Comey's entire $2M book advance.

Blogger Lazarus February 11, 2018 6:11 AM  

This proposal discriminates against subversives, goldbrickers, featherbedders, and incompetents.
Its unconscionable.

Oh, and a damaging effect on union-due revenues, which is the more to the point.

Blogger DaDZ February 11, 2018 6:31 AM  

I'm not sure how on earth this new system would, if implemented, disciminate against women and minorities. I work at a large federal facility, and the overwhelming majority of supervisors and managers are black or female or black females. The campus director is a Meztisto man. These are the people who write the performance reviews. So I guess if the critic of the proposal is right, then people within the federal government plan to discriminate against their own kind.

Blogger The Observer February 11, 2018 6:32 AM  

@3: The thing is that fairness and equality are such excellent covers for weaponised envy, especially in the western world; as you point out, it's just rhetoric for a naked power grab by the r-selected. The degenerative ratchet all but assures that bar force, going back is impossible.

Blogger The Observer February 11, 2018 6:34 AM  

@7:

I work at a large federal facility, and the overwhelming majority of supervisors and managers are black or female or black females. The campus director is a Meztisto man. These are the people who write the performance reviews.

Might I hazard a guess that most of them are affirmative action hires and that white and asian contractors do most of the actual work?

So I guess if the critic of the proposal is right, then people within the federal government plan to discriminate against their own kind.

This argument never works against leftists, because they always have the fallback of "internalised X", be X whiteness, misogyny, or whatever the cause de jour is.

Blogger Jamie-R February 11, 2018 6:54 AM  

Was doing research for my latest Trumpwave (boom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3fXOIeXXec) and I noticed that Joe McCarthy was close friends with John & Robert Kennedy. It was the anti-communist Catholic connections, but it's fascinating how they comprehensively moved to have McCarthy shamed & then within a few short years he was dead at 48, & blamed on alcoholism, while in office, sure.... And then within another decade both John & Robert were dead. The Kennedy's never criticised him publicly like others, & then they both promised to write a blank check to anyone wanting to smash the communists. Just watching the news today, it's outrageous how sympathetic the American media is to North Korea, & it makes you wonder how much a cabal of influencers is working to help those nations while working to censure those fighting them at home. History is coming into sight when you look at the 'editing' aspect of 'the winners' writing history. A low level psy-op war with real casualties targeted for their level of influence on the public.

Blogger Duke Norfolk February 11, 2018 6:56 AM  

Do you think it's possible that before the G-E descends from the throne that he could rid us of public unions?

That would be a very great thing.

Blogger Fifty Seven February 11, 2018 6:57 AM  

The komissariat for government accountability reports that Federal Shock Workers are crashing through the bunkers of inefficiency with a 99.7 percent success rate! An extra beet ration for everyone!

Wait, that number ISN'T a joke?

Blogger Koanic February 11, 2018 7:02 AM  

At the end of his Presidency (and the Republic) there will be one federal employee left, whom Trump will hire into his Empire.

Blogger Teleros February 11, 2018 7:03 AM  

Explains it all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1r8iQkZJb4

Blogger Duke Norfolk February 11, 2018 7:09 AM  

Teleros wrote:Explains it all:



Yes. That was simultaneously very funny, and despicable. It's exactly how Western countries have gotten here. Well, you have to throw in affirmative action too, of course. (And a whole slew of other factors, I suppose, as it's a huge shit show)

Blogger Michael February 11, 2018 7:12 AM  

Years ago,to become employed, you had to take an objective literacy test. If you passed, you could make the "cert". The problem was that not enough minorities were making _ certificate. So OPM changed the rules (and I think later up held by the supreme court) that if your policy on the surface is non discriminory..but the effect is discriminory against minorities, it is discriminory. to change the demographics of the us government workforce, there are target goals on hiring minorities for their annual performance appraisals. The incentive is to hire less qualified minorities that are good enough...with other better qualified employees carrying the work. Over time, what I have seen is that they are dumbing down the work...requiring more employees. Into this mix,since Obama, you now have, at least where I worked, about 80% of the managers being women (God help us with the 6th grade girl,behavior- mixed in with a lot of harlot behavior). Then plenty of training on my white privilege..it becomes intolerable. The fly in the ointment is veterans. Personnel does not like veterans, at least in my technical field, because they are predominantly non minorities (think white). To hire a non veteran over a veteran..you need OPM permission...not impossible..but another step..

The end result will probably some some current employees losing their jobs, replaced by other minorities (EEO)...but this is just a guess.

EEO is a far reaching concept...if you have a company with 100 employees or more...they have to file an EEO 1. Then the government can get into your hiring practices for the effects test. Hence, the hiring of contractors..to replace removed civil servants..will have a modest improvement in the performance.

Unfortunately, you will probably never get rid of the effects test, unless Congress passes some law that requires an objective, basic test for competency.

However, the market has already set a value on minorities.

I will illustrate this with a personal story. A friend of mine got cancer. He was laughing with me when he was trying to find a doctor to save him. HE was trying to find a white MD because he knew these would be among the best of the best and might be able to save his life. He said that he had been around EEO too long to know what that was going to guarantee him...death. on that same topic...I have talked to physicians....and they tell me patients are blunt that they do not want a minority to be in charge of their care. See, the market has set a value....

Oh yes, my friend died..the cancer was too advanced...

Blogger Koanic February 11, 2018 7:19 AM  

> Oh yes, my friend died..the cancer was too advanced...

Yeah, they start as cute little freckles, but soon those darker cells are replicating uncontrollably in the body politic...

Blogger Fred February 11, 2018 7:31 AM  

Romans 2:11 argues against 'Equality does not exist. Not in the workplace, not in life, not in Heaven, and not in Hell.' Youre out of the reservation on this one Vox. All Trump wants to do is to have the ability to govern the Federal Public sector like the private sector. ASFCME work rules do not permit that. Take it from one who used to supervise State employees:there is like a 16 step firing process that takes 12 mo, and is regressive, meaning back to the beginning if an employee infraction doesnt occur within 90 days of being written up for same. Thats a fact. Its other worldly.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 11, 2018 7:39 AM  

"Romans 2:11 argues against 'Equality does not exist. Not in the workplace, not in life, not in Heaven, and not in Hell.'"

No it does not. Equality and favoritism have precisely nothing to do with each other.

Blogger Phillip George February 11, 2018 7:39 AM  

Fired or humg; those are some tough choices.

Blogger McChuck February 11, 2018 7:51 AM  

The federal government is primarily comprised of black women working for white men. They hate their bosses, and sue for racial discrimination or sexual harassment at the drop of a hat (or a poor performance review). The bosses, being primarily (but not exclusively) squishy liberals, are likewise terrified of the potential wrath of their employees, and thus do not criticize them when they slack off and screw up everything they touch.

The federal government is located in the Washington - Baltimore corridor. The neighborhoods are poor and dangerous, with sky high rates of murder and rape. (DC is the safest city in the country to commit rape, as less than 10% of reported rapes result in a conviction.) The schools are terrible, mostly because they refuse to enforce standards upon the majority black population of inmates. One in six sixth graders will eventually graduate from high school, and two thirds of graduates are illiterate and innumerate, and have an incredibly biased and blinkered view of history and American culture.

This is everything you need to know about the day to day workings of the average government agency.

Blogger VD February 11, 2018 7:54 AM  

Romans 2:11 argues against 'Equality does not exist. Not in the workplace, not in life, not in Heaven, and not in Hell.' Youre out of the reservation on this one Vox.

You're an idiot, Fred, and the fact that you were a State employee underlines that obvious fact.

For there is no respect of persons with God.
Romans 2:11

The fact that God does not respect people does not prove that equality exists. It proves exactly the opposite, because God does not regard those people as equal to Him. Nor does it prove that the disrespected people are all equal. For example, I think most people are idiots. That doesn't make all of those people of equal intelligence, height, or attractiveness.

Do not attempt to correct your intellectual superiors. It never ends well.

Blogger Uncle John's Band February 11, 2018 7:55 AM  

Public sector unions are indefensible on dialectic grounds, because the stakes are asymmetrical. The rationale behind collective bargaining laws is that the two sides have a vested interest in securing the most favorable deal (every concession costs). Public sector management negotiators have no personal investment in the outcome; they can give away the farm and their financial position is unaffected.

The rhetoric of "protection," meaning protection from job performance standards, is intoxicating to the r-selected. Changing the labor force is a more viable way of dealing with government unions than attacking them directly.

Blogger tz February 11, 2018 8:16 AM  

Echoes of Reagan's PATCO moment (Air Traffic Controllers that went on strike).
The Democrats WERE for Unions before they went with racial and gender identity.
But will this apply to contractors and the Pentagon, or CIA/NSA/DIA/DHS/FBI?
Drain the swamp may begin with the bottom of the food chain when they realize those at the top can't protect them.

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 11, 2018 8:17 AM  

@5 "CTH, he makes a very strong argument that he has turned. I doubt it's willingly."

Traitor to one side, traitor to the other? "He's turned" seems like good reason to pick his brain for names and details and then discard his with prejudice. And he can SELL his expensive house to live out his day on!

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 11, 2018 8:23 AM  

@9 Might I hazard a guess that most of them are affirmative action hires and that white and asian contractors do most of the actual work?"

Yes, but how do THOSE actual /productive workers protect themselves against the actions of "identity group" managers protecting their own? And why does anyone think "merit" and success in productive work will be assessed -- NOT fairly! -- accurately?!

I'm thinking DMV, which here in ATL is massively hugely almost entirely black-staffed -- and the clerks do NOT 'produce' -- they dawdle, they screw-up, and are the 'gum' ruining the works. WHO rates them on performance?! Why look! It's their black managers, who ALSO dawdle, screw-up, and are the 'gum' ruining the works...

"Discipline" is anathema to the system. Merit-based anything requires discipline, does it not?

Blogger Al From Bay Shore February 11, 2018 8:26 AM  

@21 Too much red pill. On a positive note though, this is confirmation that the Civil Rights Movement (begging dressed in a tuxedo) was a catastrophic failure. The amount of resistance I get for stating this, for pointing out the realities you've mentioned is astonishing. The politics of popular Black culture is a classic example of mass brainwashing. Right now, nearly 80% of Black children are born out of wedlock. This goes ignored and anyone who point this out as well as the problems bred by this dynamic is attacked. If you're White then your called a racist. If you're Black then you're "doing the White man's bidding" (a variant of the Uncle Tom epithet).

Blogger McChuck February 11, 2018 8:29 AM  

@18 - Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's; and unto God that which is God's. The Almighty Himself discriminates - after all, not all are saved. Some must pass through the Fire before their souls are tempered.

Blogger tz February 11, 2018 8:30 AM  

@18 - God doesn't respect, that is give you a higher or lower place in heaven or hell based on your race, sex, or other external factor.
We all have free will and moral agency. For some that means liberty. For others, e.g. if you know you have a drinking problem, you might want to move to a dry county.
To whom much is given, much is required. This also applies to parents disciplining children. Before the Civil Rights act and Sexual Revolution, a white patriarchy dealth with the differing tendencies by metering the liberty - and we had stable families. Now we don't think twice about out of wedlock births.

And any suggestion to fix even that culturally and civilly fatal problem is met with shrieks about human or civil rights. Even from the civic nationalists. But this is the ultimate and literal aspect of cuckservatism - taxpayers, mainly working men - have to pay for these bastards.

(Side anecdote - there is woman here who has out of wedlock children, but if you look beneath, her own Father is still the Patriarch of the family, and she works to support herself and kids. In the black community, it turns into a welfare Matriarchy).

Blogger McChuck February 11, 2018 8:34 AM  

@27 - I live and work here. Come to DC and ride the subway and the buses for a week. I'm not exaggerating the conditions here - just reporting what I see every day. If anything, I'm under reporting the scope of the problem by painting the managers as white men. That would be the senior managers, not the low level ones.

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 11, 2018 8:36 AM  

@16 "trying to find a white MD because he knew these would be among the best of the best and might be able to save his life."

I often find this arena is the best way to delicately reach unawakened friends and neighbors. Discussing medical care and finding doctors (and oh-SO-especially for their children!), I point out that they should take into consideration: medical schools DARE not fail a black student for inability or non-performance. Lawsuits and bad press will result!

Then, I ask them if they know what we call the guy (or gal) who just barely squeaks through (because the school didn't dare fail him!) and graduates at the bottom of a (putative) 500-person medical school class?

"We call him doctor!"

(The looks of astonishment and horror (esp. about peds docs) are quite gratifying to me... and it absolutely opens a wedge in their invincible brainwashing!)

Blogger tz February 11, 2018 8:38 AM  

And when you try to make things equal, you can't make things great as someone at Tor explains who to have vandaize the next few Star Wars movied

I suppose Government is the first example of SJW convergence.

SJWs are like the Lotus Eaters in the Odyssey. Their only purpose is to eat more lotus.

Blogger James Dixon February 11, 2018 8:40 AM  

> Do you think it's possible that before the G-E descends from the throne that he could rid us of public unions?

Yes. They were allowed by an executive order. The can be shut down by one.

> At the end of his Presidency (and the Republic)

What Republic? We haven't had one in a long time.

Blogger Man of the Atom February 11, 2018 8:42 AM  

NeoNietzsche: wrote:
"Discipline" is anathema to the system. Merit-based anything requires discipline, does it not?


Merit-based anything in the current system upsets the "go-along, get-along" of the current Federal workforce. While it may not overturn the current behavior as a whole, it provides an unstable environment for managers and workers who coast or discriminate in favor of the incompetent, and provides an acceleration ramp for the more competent. It can be supplemented by more objective measures and tests for performance and contribution to the agencies' missions.

Most importantly, it makes the go-along, get-along crowd nervous that there will be break-aways from their ranks that opt to perform outside the norm, meaning that Trump put an escape hatch into the crab bucket with his proposal for people who want to work harder and earn more. This is what scares AFGE, plus the potential that non-Union employees might not have to pay into Union dues.

Blogger wreckage February 11, 2018 8:59 AM  

More elimination of false stability. Our dark lord Taleb will be pleased.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore February 11, 2018 9:01 AM  

@30 I doubt nothing you've pointed out. I see it everyday. I taken moments to point these things out and most times I get the "systemic racism/ inequalities" response. The adherents of the politics of popular Black culture are in a complete and thorough denial. A good example is the reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict. They completely ignore the actual facts. In one instance, a Hegelian-esque claim was made that "because we cannot know everything we cannot know anything therefore Zimmerman could be a murderer." It's funny how some of these folks brandish the term "woke" as a way of describing their world view.

Blogger wreckage February 11, 2018 9:01 AM  

@26
"Yes, but how do THOSE actual /productive workers protect themselves against the actions of "identity group" managers protecting their own? And why does anyone think "merit" and success in productive work will be assessed -- NOT fairly! -- accurately?!"

By permitting the politically motivated to quickly rid themselves of the competent, we permit them to quickly destroy themselves.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 11, 2018 9:12 AM  

At this point, restoring the Spoils System would be a definite improvement.

And at some point, President Trump will likely order the termination of federal funding for federal Public Employee Union representation.

The howls of privileged outrage will be delicious. But the hit to yet another parasitic Democratic Party supporting institution will be undeniable. Of couse, the more radical approach would be to rescind President Kennedy's executive order authorizing federal PEUs in the first place.

Interesting times, gentlemen. Interesting times.

Anonymous Anonymous February 11, 2018 9:16 AM  

Gotta love Vox how the article talks about past presidents failures in this arena. They still don't get it: Trump is a swamp apart. Now if only he'd do away with the friggin polygraph I might be able to get into CBP. Was so close!

Shimshon wrote:How on earth could Trump ever think we'd get tired of winning?! Still not tired.

What I'd love to see is during the 2020 campaign is something along the lines of, "Are you more tired of winning than you were 4 years ago?"

Duke Norfolk wrote:Teleros wrote:Explains it all:



Yes. That was simultaneously very funny, and despicable. It's exactly how Western countries have gotten here. Well, you have to throw in affirmative action too, of course. (


@15 Second on the video. Interestingly that's (changing the name as he suggested with civil servants) what OPM FIS did with NBIB. It is LITERALLY the same thing except for DOD now has control of IT systems.

Anonymous Anonymous February 11, 2018 9:17 AM  

Michael wrote:Years ago,to become employed, you had to take an objective literacy test. If you passed, you could make the "cert". The problem was that not enough minorities were making _ certificate. So OPM changed the rules (and I think later up held by the supreme court) that if your policy on the surface is non discriminory..but the effect is discriminory against minorities, it is discriminory. to change the demographics of the us government workforce, there are target goals on hiring minorities for their annual performance appraisals. The incentive is to hire less qualified minorities that are good enough...with other better qualified employees carrying the work. Over time, what I have seen is that they are dumbing down the work...requiring more employees. Into this mix,since Obama, you now have, at least where I worked, about 80% of the managers being women (God help us with the 6th grade girl,behavior- mixed in with a lot of harlot behavior). Then plenty of training on my white privilege..it becomes intolerable. The fly in the ointment is veterans. Personnel does not like veterans, at least in my technical field, because they are predominantly non minorities (think white). To hire a non veteran over a veteran..you need OPM permission...not impossible..but another step..

The end result will probably some some current employees losing their jobs, replaced by other minorities (EEO)...but this is just a guess.

EEO is a far reaching concept...if you have a company with 100 employees or more...they have to file an EEO 1. Then the government can get into your hiring practices for the effects test. Hence, the hiring of contractors..to replace removed civil servants..will have a modest improvement in the performance.

Unfortunately, you will probably never get rid of the effects test, unless Congress passes some law that requires an objective, basic test for competency.

However, the market has already set a value on minorities.

I will illustrate this with a personal story. A friend of mine got cancer. He was laughing with me when he was trying to find a doctor to save him. HE was trying to find a white MD because he knew these would be among the best of the best and might be able to save his life. He said that he had been around EEO too long to know what that was going to guarantee him...death. on that same topic...I have talked to physicians....and they tell me patients are blunt that they do not want a minority to be in charge of their care. See, the market has set a value....

Oh yes, my friend died..the cancer was too advanced...



@16 Sorry about your friend. I was a federal contractor...twice. Yeah, that worked out well *snort*. We saw what contractors wrought with the OPM breach a few years back. Just like the Olympic team, if they really wanted to make fed.gov representative of America, there'd be a lot more white people in.

A buddy was deputy head of intel for DS under Obama and quit due to massive corruption. Oh yeah, he was a veteran of OIF, too.

McChuck wrote:@27 - I live and work here. Come to DC and ride the subway and the buses for a week. I'm not exaggerating the conditions here - just reporting what I see every day. If anything, I'm under reporting the scope of the problem by painting the managers as white men. That would be the senior managers, not the low level ones.

@30 I was in the imperial capital last January. The only thing that really seemed different was how bad the Metro sucked compared to almost a decade prior.

Anonymous Anonymous February 11, 2018 9:18 AM  

Man of the Atom wrote:NeoNietzsche: wrote:

"Discipline" is anathema to the system. Merit-based anything requires discipline, does it not?



Merit-based anything in the current system upsets the "go-along, get-along" of the current Federal workforce. While it may not overturn the current behavior as a whole, it provides an unstable environment for managers and workers who coast or discriminate in favor of the incompetent, and provides an acceleration ramp for the more competent. It can be supplemented by more objective measures and tests for performance and contribution to the agencies' missions.

Most importantly, it makes the go-along, get-along crowd nervous that there will be break-aways from their ranks that opt to perform outside the norm, meaning that Trump put an escape hatch into the crab bucket with his proposal for people who want to work harder and earn more. This is what scares AFGE, plus the potential that non-Union employees might not have to pay into Union dues.


@34 Make fed.gov Right to Work! HEH, that'd be something!

Blogger peter blandings February 11, 2018 9:32 AM  

> Do you think it's possible that before the G-E descends from the throne that he could rid us of public unions?<

not a chance in hell. he was afraid to lift the sanctions on russia, which were imposed by EO and could easily have been lifted by same, so he wouldn't dare end PEUs. the government, both federal and state, is just a gigantic affirmative action program. the screeching and hollering would deafen the next eight to ten galaxies over. i don't see how you guys can keep this whole g-e business going after what we've seen in the last 12 months.

Blogger Jeff Weimer February 11, 2018 9:49 AM  

Federal employee unions fear the pay-per-performance plan would be used to reward loyalists and discriminate against women and minorities.

Horsepuckey. It will be used *by* women and minorities to reward their cronies.

Blogger Koanic February 11, 2018 10:04 AM  

Slackers fired. Women hardest hit.

> What Republic? We haven't had one in a long time.

Never let facts interfere with flow.

What would you call it, though?

Blogger Man of the Atom February 11, 2018 10:13 AM  

Jeff Weimer wrote:Federal employee unions fear the pay-per-performance plan would be used to reward loyalists and discriminate against women and minorities.

Horsepuckey. It will be used *by* women and minorities to reward their cronies.


Merit-based pay is less likely than the current system to enable cronyism.

Research 'Laboratory Demonstration' and 'Acquisition Demonstration' programs.

These existing alternatives to the GS system are based on 'contribution' not 'performance' and require (1) documentation of contributions to missions and (2) inter-comparisons of relative contributions to distinguish between greater and lesser contributors.

While these are limited to Research and Acquisition fields, there is no unionization allowed within the plans. Multiple levels of reviews and comparisons also make it slightly more difficult to game the system.

Perfect? Heck, no. Better than General Schedule? Heck, yes.

Blogger Michael Maier February 11, 2018 10:19 AM  

I have worked for the federal Leviathan for too damn long. I have seen a small minority of employees worth keeping. I have seen a HANDFUL whose work product and/or ethics I have respected. That's ALL races.

I hope Trump strangles Congress and gives all federal managers the power to fire the dead weight AND forestall all lawsuits and EEO hearings. It would be glorious to see capable employees held accountable for once.

God, grant my prayer.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 11, 2018 10:21 AM  

Koanic wrote:What would you call it, though?

Call it an empire; that's the shoe that fits.

Blogger Koanic February 11, 2018 10:30 AM  

> Call it an empire; that's the shoe that fits.

Rather ruins the effect of the GE's ascension, though.

I prefer "Banana Republic", with more Mall of Somalia, and less Chiquita.

Blogger James Dixon February 11, 2018 10:46 AM  

> i don't see how you guys can keep this whole g-e business going after what we've seen in the last 12 months.

There's probably a lot you don't see.

> What would you call it, though?

Ominous Cowherd has it right. We've been an empire since the end of the Civil War.

> Rather ruins the effect of the GE's ascension, though.

The symbolism still works if, like Vox, you call it "the Cherry Blossom Throne".

Blogger Michael Maier February 11, 2018 10:50 AM  

Koanic wrote:Slackers fired. Women hardest hit.


The white women I see in federal employee work harder and better than any blacks.

Blogger James Dixon February 11, 2018 10:56 AM  

> The white women I see in federal employee work harder and better than any blacks.

When the FBI fingerprint center was set up near Clarksburg, WV they planned on hiring a certain number of people. The hiring projections turned out to be about 20% too high. When asked why they (off the record, of course) explained that these workers showed up for work. :)

Blogger Hammerli280 February 11, 2018 11:04 AM  

I've worked for DOD since 1980. Which means that I've worked under GS, the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), and the later Science & Technology Reinvention Lab (STRL) systems.

The GS system is intended to fix problem employees, not fire them. The disciplinary system works, IF a supervisor makes the effort to document poor performance and the refusal to correct it. There's an additional problem, though...a poor performer can get to the verge of dismissal and then get "a new set of downs" by claiming discrimination. This definitely needs to be changed - you should be able to EITHER claim discrimination OR improve your performance.

It sounds like what Trump is proposing is reviving NSPS/STRL (they worked the same way). This takes all the funds that would go into bonuses, step increases, etc., and stuffs it into a pay pool. First-tier supervisors do ratings, second-tier supervisors review them, and the employee has the right to challenge and request re-review by someone not in the prior review chain. Ratings go from 1-5 - a 1 rating is dismissal. Standard rating is a 3 with 1 share of the pay pool. Max would be a 5, with 6 shares. Pay pool shares are divided between a bonus and a permanent pay increase.

The advantages of this system is that you can reward good workers. The weaknesses are:

a. It's a "Rob Peter to pay Paul" setup that assumes you have at least as many Peters who deserve robbing as Pauls who deserve paying. With professionals, this is usually not the case.

b. Matrix organizations mean that the supervisors writing up reviews often see their people once a month, if that. FWIW, this was the big head-hurter with NSPS.

c. Not enough money in the pay pool. When you're talking about annual bonuses measured in a few hours' worth of pay, it's hard to get people motivated.

That last is a massive problem, BTW. If you think it's hard to fire a Federal employee, try rewarding one. There are people who ran the first flight of a multi-billion-dollar aircraft development program - and came away with a pay bonus of a whopping $2K...six months later.

Blogger Dexter February 11, 2018 11:56 AM  

Due process rights? Fuck you, nobody in the private sector gets those, why should you?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 11, 2018 12:30 PM  

Dexter,

I think what the guy is trying to say is that working for the government is a criminal enterprise.

Blogger Allen L. February 11, 2018 1:15 PM  

I think that Trump's reduction in CFRs will have a larger and longer lasting effect on the federal government than any employee system changes. A good portion of the employees are there to promulgate, write, interpret and enforce regulations which are primarily at the behest of the agencies themselves. You don't think they suddenly find new problem areas that really need further regulations do you? New regulations keeps the employees busy and growing, which keeps the budgets growing. Kill it at the source, and the number of employees will drop over time, and the incompetent ones will keep their heads down.

Blogger David-2 February 11, 2018 1:30 PM  

Problem for the unions is that the Federal Government is like the mirror universe Lake Wobegon.

For people seeking to terminate below-par performers it's a target rich environment.

Everyone is at risk, maybe especially the union representatives who get their taxpayer funded salary while spending 100% of their time on union "business".

Blogger AnvilTiger February 11, 2018 1:58 PM  

Really most of the federal workforce needs to be replaced by workflow and business process software. Commercial off the shelf software would permit reducing the federal workforce by 50%.

Blogger Skyler the Weird February 11, 2018 2:55 PM  

@51 I thought they moved Ident to West Virginia when they computerized fingerprint search as a way of avoiding negative by not having to lay off native DC and Ballmer residents who had been searching fingerprints manually. It was unlikely many of them would give up the Urban lifestyle for the wilds of West Virginia.

Blogger tublecane February 11, 2018 4:19 PM  

@10-Of course, Trump has an indirect connection to McCarthy through friend a d mentor Roy Cohn. When I heard Trump's big Drain the Swamp speech however long ago, I thought to myself, "If he's serious, and he gets elected, we could get McCarthyism for realz."

McCarthy is America's Satan, more despised in mainstream political opinions than Benedict Arnold himself, and why? Because he represented the last potential national populist movement to threaten the Establishment and Consensus Liberalism. I say potential because it was strangled in the crib. But Tailgunner Joe was merely a senator, not the president.

Blogger Keith Glass February 11, 2018 5:18 PM  

I am amused by the Union. "Due Process Rights". Try being a contractor to the Feds. You can be dropped at any time for any reason and with no notice.

To quote Officer John McClane. . . "Welcome to the party, pal!"

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 11, 2018 5:36 PM  

i don't see how you guys can keep this whole g-e business going after what we've seen in the last 12 months.

You see what you want to see.

Blogger James Dixon February 11, 2018 6:19 PM  

> I thought they moved Ident to West Virginia when they computerized fingerprint search...

They did, yes.

> It was unlikely many of them would give up the Urban lifestyle for the wilds of West Virginia.

I understand that some of the higher level folks moved. I don't think any significant percentage of the low level folks did.

Blogger Phat Repat February 11, 2018 10:06 PM  

How do you think so many minorities were brought to middle class? Affirmative Action all the way by Uncle Sugar. But Uncle Sugar is broke; what comes next will be the ultimate test. The $IMFS is dead, the US standard of living is on life support and pain will be felt across the board. So, WW3 or CW2 or ? Tick tock bitchez.

Blogger Phat Repat February 11, 2018 10:08 PM  

And all those sitting with their fat pensions had better sharpen their skillz. Rhode Island recently won a case that allowed them to reduce their pension obligations. Reduce/eliminate will be the path forward, at all levels of Gov.

Blogger Akulkis February 12, 2018 1:25 AM  

@36

"It's funny how some of these folks brandish the term "woke" as a way of describing their world view."

Which is why I am utterly dismayed at any intelligent person who uses the term to describe themselves.

Seriously, you're describing yourself as somehow superior by using an un-grammatical term used by ignorant ghetto dwellers who can't even function at 6th grade proficiency?

Anyone describing themselves as "woke," for any reason, needs a good, hard boot to the face. Because it's quite obvious that such a person is, in fact, an idiot.

Blogger Akulkis February 12, 2018 1:30 AM  

@42

" i don't see how you guys can keep this whole g-e business going after what we've seen in the last 12 months."


Quick, name any 5 presidents, who in their entire combined time in office, have done as much positive things for the country and as little bad things against it.

Seriously. Trump has done in one year what the 5 "best" presidents couldn't do in over 20.

And he's just getting started.

Blogger Akulkis February 12, 2018 1:39 AM  

And I'll let you use President Washington as one of your 5..

Blogger CarpeOro February 12, 2018 9:57 AM  

Phat Repat wrote:How do you think so many minorities were brought to middle class? Affirmative Action all the way by Uncle Sugar. But Uncle Sugar is broke; what comes next will be the ultimate test. The $IMFS is dead, the US standard of living is on life support and pain will be felt across the board. So, WW3 or CW2 or ? Tick tock bitchez.

You are buying into their narrative with that. The truth is that blacks were doing far better before the "Great Society" mess started by LBJ, and had been steadily improving up until then.

Blogger kurt9 February 12, 2018 10:52 AM  

I really am liking Trump more and more. Then again, my best friend convinced me in late '15 that, if elected, that Trump would be very "Reagan-like" in all of the right ways. I also agree with our host that Trump is better than Reagan in many ways.

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