Wise Use of the People’s Monies by Government by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
One of the important duties of government should be to make wise decisions. When such does not occur anything goes in government and eventually such leads to failure to uphold The Law. Briefly on today we want to broach the subject of wise use of the people or taxpayers’ monies by Government. Whether dealing with programs, services and/or manpower care and diligence should be used and wise decisions implemented by the government.
There is much talk about government employees being or having to take a furlough due to government budget cuts. Perhaps, some thought should be given to not only furloughing some government employees, administrators and officials, but providing a separation notice; permanent furlough or pink slip. Some government employees have risen to the top of the pay scale and job category scale (within his/her agency} and are simply waiting to retire; they are a drain on the system and government. Some simply check in and check out of the office; some have amassed vacation time of five weeks which average about a week of vacation every two and one-half months; such does not include sick leave.
Can America’s society afford this type luxury in an economic strapped economy? Talk of furloughing such individuals without pay raises a question; is it really without pay or can these government employees substitute a vacation or sick day? In essence or technically speaking the individual would not be paid per say for furlough, but could he or she be paid if taken as a sick or vacation day? Too often individuals at this level and pay scale bring nothing to the table or work force; their retirement pay is secure and if they hang around long enough their retirement benefits will be at the top of the retirement pay scale; they have nothing to lose. Some are jaded, disinterested; their dispositions affect the morale and productivity of those who desire to make a difference in their job.
Sadly, individuals and society suffer as a whole because we all depend on government in one form or another and employees, administrators and officials upholding the law and/or providing necessary services under his/her purview, agency or department.
When talk of furlough occurs the scare tactics begin…. It is not to say that some government employees who are at the top of the job category and pay scale do not perform their jobs- some do; however, there are those who simply check in and out of the office or are there simply for the purpose of oversight; there is no other place to place these individuals. It is actually employees who work under this high level employee who actually perform the agency’s work. Often public scare tactics consist of delays and/or reduction in services, lack of manpower and cuts in service(s). Should such continue to occur; the public may eventually find a way to forgo some of these services altogether or find other solutions.
That which is totally confusing, if I have not missed information as it pertains to the time period for government furloughs is that over a period of perhaps six months employees of certain government agencies will be furloughed 4 days; even if an employee had to take one day per week; my question would be; what is being saved or conserved as a result of the furlough? Is it the pay employees would receive as a result of having been furloughed? If so and if the loss of their work hours would be so detrimental to serving or service to the general public, why not readjust employees’ work schedules? Would all furloughed government employees of the agency or department have to be absent on the same day or coverage period? As I have personally interacted with any number of government agencies; read program policies and been a recipient of some program services, I have both noted and pointed out waste and abuse within some of the programs; much government funding can be saved in any number of areas.
Perhaps, by providing to high level government employees, administrators and officials who are simply bidding their time awaiting retirement their separation papers, such would save the government and society enough monies to avoid other government employees not having to be furloughed; government would save a substantial amount of money and/or the general public would not have to suffer as a result of reductions and cuts both in manpower and services. I am cognizant that government is perhaps trying to do its best in these areas, but the best are needed to provide the best. When government employees are simply bidding their time to retirement; they are no longer the best nor provide the best. As America moves forward the best are needed in all areas of government and beyond.
From me, to you
Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author & Blogger
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