Almost 100% job security working for the federal government

This is a sign that our economy is turned completely upside down:

new analysis of federal workforce data shows that even in this time of retrenchment and downsizing, the federal government almost never fires or lays off workers.  In fact, in many corners of the federal government, it is virtually impossible for an employee to be fired. “Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired,” writes USA Today, which conducted the survey.

The paper reports the federal government “fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended September 30.”  For the private sector, the figure is about 3%.  And for some parts of the federal workforce, the firing rate was even lower.  For example, USA Today found that federal workers in the Washington, DC area have 99.74% job security.  Some agencies, like the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, did not fire or lay off anyone in the last year.

Meanwhile, those Americans working in private industry have very little job security at  jobs that pay only a fraction of what their public sector counter parts make. This is the fundamentally transformed America, brought to you by Barack Obama and his merry band of Leftists in Washington.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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  • Not terribly surprising…
     
    Nastiest person I ever did a service call for was a black woman in a government office.  I was there to work on her computer (a service call she’d called in, for a bad floppy drive as I recall – this was about 20 years back or so) and she started insulting me for my skin color the moment I walked in. 
     
    I just figured she was having a really bad day.  People get anxious when their computers don’t work, and I smiled and got on with the work. I got started on the job, and didn’t have all the screws off the case when she called up a ‘friend’ and started complaining about this dumb white motherfucker in her office who wasn’t letting her get her work done.
     
    She was about three feet away from me at the time, making no effort to lower her voice.
     
    (Shrug.)  There’s assholes everywhere.  We try to keep the customer happy, I wasn’t managing to do so – so I folded up the screws I’d removed in a sheet of paper, taped it to the top of the computer (so they wouldn’t get lost, and said “Ma’am, I’m sorry – but I’ll need to send someone else to finish your call.”  I left, went to the next office, called my boss and related what had just happened.  He told me not to worry, just go on to the next call, he was sending someone else out to take care of the problem.  Found out later they’d sent me because SHE had a bad rep, and I had the rep of being able to get along with pretty much any customer, no matter how troublesome.
     
    Didn’t see her again – but the next time I was in that building (about two months later) her office was empty.  From one of the other folks in the office, apparently I was the last straw – her supervisor couldn’t cover up her lack of job performance and hostility towards everybody.  The folks there would just suck it up because they had to.
     
    It takes a lot to get someone booted out of a government job – but she managed to boot herself!

    • Wow, that’s quite a story. What a sad, bitter woman. 

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like her next job was getting elected to the US HoR.

        • Nah, that wasn’t Cynthia McKinney.  But man, she made it difficult to keep a straight face.

          The thing was, SHE had put in the service call.  She knew someone was going to come out to fix her computer.  That I wasn’t the right color – well, I don’t think anyone would have been the right color for her.  I think she wanted it to be a personal thing, for me to get angry at her so she’d have a justification for her pissed-off state, and maybe get someone (IE me) fired to boot.  But I didn’t play her game.

          I really don’t know what was going on in her life to make her like that – but I seriously hope she managed to either get over it or get therapy for her anger management issues.

          • JLawson,

            In my experience there is no cure for such large chips on such small shoulders.

          • Well, I’ll never know if she managed to rid herself of the chip or not.  I can sure hope she did, though, because going through life like that is a miserable experience. 

    • PBunyan

      Unlikely that she was fired.  More likely that she was tranfered or promoted.

      • Nope, scuttlebutt was that she was canned.  Apparently the bosses of that section were indeed looking for a way to get rid of her. This was about ’91, ’92, after all.  They’d been documenting things for quite a while, and she finally hung herself.

    • Anonymous

      That proves it!

      • Proves nothing except that in one office of one branch, someone had to be completely and totally nasty to her co-workers for quite a while before they could collect enough to justify her removal. And that when she went off on an outside vendor, she was removed.

        Which is all, if you’ll bother to notice, that I was claiming.  I’m not at all surprised it’s almost impossible to fire someone.

    • JLawson,

      As you see above this phenomenon is quite common on the left.

      • (Shrug.)

        The folks who scream loudest about hateful behavior are usually quite eager to be hateful themselves.  It’s justifed, after all – if you weren’t so hateful you’d understand.

        • Yep, it’s called projection. Liberals are masters at it. 

  • Wow, it sounds like even the EEOC couldn’t cover her sorry ass, which is pretty bad.  I remember years ago, listening to radio host Ken Hamblin (who is black) talk about his reluctance to hire young black people to work for his business, because they had such sorry attitudes.  And if they were threatened with discipline, they backtalked his manager and dared him to do it, claiming they would charge him with racism and file an EEOC lawsuit.  Really, who wants to deal with that?

    • Anonymous

      I still miss Ken Hamblin, The Black Avenger! And treasure his “Certificate for Absolution of White Guilt” hanging nearby as I pick and tap!

      QUOTE:
      Certificate for Absolution of White Guilt
      Hereby Issued to

      Brian Richard Allen

      This certificate, in perpetuity releases the above named individual from

      White Guilt

      Being either self-inflicted or by association with American tradition, culture, institution or opinion.

      Further, the certificate bearer is forthwith authorized to exclusively
      judge each person not by the color of his skin, but rather by the
      content of his character.

      Made valid upon due endorsement by Ken Hamblin, a.k.a “The Black Avenger” or other thinking black American

      Ken Hamblin

      Love you, Ken, Wherever you are!

      B R A

  • Frank O’Connell

    What a moronic statement — “This is the fundamentally transformed America, brought to you by Barack Obama and his merry band of Leftists in Washington.”

    Are you seriously suggesting that the same wasn’t true during the Bush administration? That the same sort of job security didn’t exist before January, 2009?

    That’s a moronic suggestion — sorry, but it shows a base stupidity that has no anchor in reality.

    • TexBob

      Truth hurts, doesn’t Frank. What’s moronic is your lame attempt to defend the destruction caused by Barry. When you can’t counter with facts resort to name calling and bring up Booosh.

      • TexBob,

        You scatter pearls of factual reasoning before a swine of dogmatic opinion…

    • PBunyan

      Our federal government is costing us more than a trillion and a half dollars per year more than it was before Barack and the rest of the Marxists came to power in 2007.    The federal workers union, SEIU, is practically a part of Obama’s cabinet.  So yeah, it’s entirely fair to blame this on Obama.

  • Anonymous

    You could turn it around and ask why there is no job security, or hardly any decent wages and benefits anymore in the private sector. That kind of “upside down” from days gone past.  

    Used to be there was some loyalty to employees, some kind of balance between profit and wages.  That’s all gone now.  They will forget about your thirty years of hard work and loyalty in a second, if they can get an Indian in Hyderabad to do it cheaper.  And they will cheat you of your pension in the process.  Of course, I would not expect any Wizbanger to question what that is doing to the American economy, as Ross Perot once did.

  • Anonymous

    You could turn it around and ask why there is no job security, or hardly any decent wages and benefits anymore in the private sector. That kind of “upside down” from days gone past.  

    Used to be there was some loyalty to employees, some kind of balance between profit and wages.  That’s all gone now.  They will forget about your thirty years of hard work and loyalty in a second, if they can get an Indian in Hyderabad to do it cheaper.  And they will cheat you of your pension in the process.  Of course, I would not expect any Wizbanger to question what that is doing to the American economy, as Ross Perot once did.

    • The Law of Unexpected Consequences is always in force, just like gravity. The more regulation there is controlling what business can and can’t do – the more ‘unexpected consequences’ result.

      Lawyers and business – is there anything they CAN’T screw up?

  • Anonymous

    I’ll try to keep this short, what with the problem of posting here. As a retired “federal worker” I can testify that it is actually worse than you can imagine. I once observed the case of an IT administrator who decided one of his clerical work force was simply not performing at a minimally acceptable level. The poor sod took it upon himself to “do the right thing” [for the taxpayer] and seek her release. Two years – yes, two years – of enormous time and effort later, the African-American female was still on the job; he – by spending time on this task – had less time to devote to the tasks HIS performance evaluations depended upon. Consequently, HIS performance evaluations suffered. He was burned out and left the agency a little while later. The point of this story is that not only is it nearly impossible to fire someone, but, if you try, you’ll be the one nailed to the cross. Any savvy public sector administrator will work out a transfer to pass the headache to somebody else.

    • They stack the system to discourage those who would attempt to do the right thing…

    • Frank O’Connell

      Racists must have it tough in all industries, not just the federal government. Isn’t that as it should be?