Letter to the editor
The pay raise has now driven government agencies such as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to re-grade the IT job announcements out there. They are grading them down to make them fit the old budgets!
Why didn't the government just re-grade the positions instead of giving a special raise? And what about those people whose jobs include all the knowledge, skills and abilities of a 334 but who are not 334s? That includes, for example: a 1001 (visual information specialty) who may be a systems administrator (automated information system or VI) or VI network administrator and manager.
Money is the issue! I have been in both the private and public sectors for more than 35 years and can tell you it's all about money. Cash in hand or benefits—it's all about money! Those who are willing to work for less and say it's not the money are just admitting they are not worth the money!
And then there are A-76 initiated reductions in force and IT recruiting! Go figure!
Danny Powell U.S. Army