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Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Given an opportunity, would you work for the Homeland Security Department?"

While I'm sure we could tweak civil service rules and regulations to make the government more responsive, the reason there are these rules is keep politics from entering hiring and firing decisions. I would hate to work in an agency where political appointees could make political decision about my job and not have to justify the decision. That's what President Bush wants, and I don't see any reason to trust his motive, no less the motives of future presidents.

Name withheld by request

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I think the proposed Homeland Security Department is turning into a foot in the door for getting rid of the civil service system. If having a Homeland Security Department is so important, why is the administration resisting allowing the employees to continue working under the system and protections that were in place at the time they hired on? The government has changed the rules retroactively on civil servants to save money and to cover up for their lack of promised contributions to retirement.

I think enough should be enough. We don't get the best and the brightest into government now because of working conditions and poor benefits; this will just be the frosting on the cake.

Thrift Savings Plan retirement is not going to hold employees the way the Civil Service Retirement System did. If there is no loyalty from the top down, there will be no loyalty from the bottom. This is just one more example of federal employees being shown no respect from the political leadership in this country.

Name withheld by request

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