Letter: Baseless attacks on feds undermine public confidence

Your Aug. 22 story “Senator: Fed workers miss millions of hours” makes use of politically driven data to draw conclusions that are both speculative and unsupported.

The object of the report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) — filled with innuendoes and extrapolations and completely without credibility — appears to be an effort to show that federal employees are not doing their jobs for the public. Any such charge is baseless.

The dedication to duty and commitment to excellence on the part of federal employees are widely accepted and appreciated in this country.

Although the political season usually shows an increase in attacks on these valued public servants, such attacks serve only to weaken unnecessarily and unwisely the faith of Americans in their government.

Colleen M. Kelley
National President
National Treasury Employees Union


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