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Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked "Do you support giving the proposed Homeland Security Department its own personnel rules to hire, fire and retain employees?"

Although I am in favor, the rules must be approved by an independent commission and clearly documented with recourse for violation of the principle.

Houston Hammac JE Sverdrup Technology

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While it is very appropriate to refocus attention on this new phenomenon of homeland security, to try to also revamp how people are treated is NOT the way to go.

The nucleus of this new organization will be existing employees. They have been accustomed to various programs, policies and procedures. Some will say they're underpaid but they've become accustomed to it, nevertheless. However, this is not the time to insert uncertainty into the equation.

The people for this new organization need to have a modicum of certainty while they devote their time and attention to the tasks at hand, not trying to figure out how they will be treated, whether they'll be paid and/or how much, or whether they'll even have the "normal" legal protections of American employees.

Some adjustments will have to be made in organization cultures, but the systems should be merged with existing personnel programs intact. Then adjust if and when appropriate.

Name withheld by request

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I believe there are enough rules for managing government employees already in place, in some cases they just need to be used. Why reinvent the wheel? If there are things that need to change then change them for all government employees. Managers need all the help they can get.

It has been a long time since any real changes have been made in the way government employees are managed. Don't make a new system and forget about the old one. There is a lot of good in the old one it just needs to be fine-tuned to keep up with the times.

I guess what I am trying to say is, why not bring all the good things from the current system and add new things to it to it to make it work better for both management and the employees?

Name withheld by request

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