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Union Leader's Fighting Words

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John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, was over at our offices today for a luncheon session with reporters and editors. And, as usual, he was pulling no punches. Some examples:

  • On his recent visits to Customs and Border Protection offices: "I have never seen morale at a federal agency so bad."
  • On the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System: "A disaster for the civil service."
  • On Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England's claim that the department had colloborated with unions to arrange a delay in NSPS: "I'll tell ya, I almost puked."
  • On whistleblower protection: "To blow a whistle in the federal government, you've got to be out of your mind."
  • On the merit principles that are supposed to govern federal hiring and performance evaluation: "You couldn't litigate anything off them. They're wishy-washy and all over the place."
 

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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