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​To RIF or Not to RIF

August 29, 2014 Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Politicians (even the ones who want to shrink the federal government) oppose them. So do managers, unions, and most people who write about government ...

The Future of Federal Service Doesn’t Have to Be So Bleak

May 14, 2014 Absent real reform, the future of the civil service is bleak. The workforce is aging and the government is not the first choice of employers for many recent graduates. Pay was frozen for three years and no one can agree on whether federal pay is too high, too low or ...

An 'A' for Austerity

February 8, 2012 In 2010, the U.S. government’s outlays decreased for the first time since 1960, ending the luxury of ever-increasing budgets enjoyed by presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. The recession that began in 2007 has ushered in a new era of austerity that will require a substantial rethinking ...

An 'A for Austerity

February 1, 2012 In 2010, the U.S. government’s outlays decreased for the first time since 1960, ending the luxury of ever-increasing budgets enjoyed by presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. The recession that began in 2007 has ushered in a new era of austerity that will require a substantial rethinking ...