Some Federal Workers More Likely to Die than Lose Jobs

From USA Today:

Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.

The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.

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4 thoughts on “Some Federal Workers More Likely to Die than Lose Jobs

  1. Do you think government “downsizing” will ever come about? I keep thinking bond holders someday will cause a downsize to occur but bond prices keep going up.

  2. Whenever a public sector employee dies, how many more years do they spend in the job before someone notices?

  3. Greetings from Germany,

    From my experiences with having worked in a german governmental agency, I can report that there is now an established two-class system:

    a) Typical german “Beamte”, tenured for life with excellent salaries and guaranteed bonuses, usually in some middle management position with vague responsibilities, and with completely outdated skills (why learn when you are employed for life?). The only chance to remove one of those people is either he dies, he becomes a retiree, or he makes some real critical error (which nearly never happens). Poor performance is not among the reasons to get fired for this caste.

    b) A lot of younger people with excellent skills who only get fixed-term contracts and meagre pay. They get dangled the carrot “When you work hard, you may get a position for life. Good people always have a chance”. They struggle to make a good impression and they are those who do the real work, but get unemployed again when their contract ends, and the next round of cannon fodder gets a fixed-term contract. Because their contract simply ends, they don’t appear as “fired” in the statistics.

  4. “Do you think government “downsizing” will ever come about?”

    LOL. I think we’re going to see 100% downsizing of the US fedgov. Must be a weird existence spending a career as a tick on the ass of society.

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