Letter: Coburn's report barely scratches the surface

Regarding "Senator: Fed workers miss millions of hours": This report is only the tip of the iceberg.

The federal government is an environment in which performance is rarely measured in any meaningful way and employees cannot be fired. No one should feign surprise at this report. Beyond the topic of the report, there are things that are not captured in any agency's data. I know many federal employees who routinely report to work at 10 and are home by 3:30. I used to work with some of these people. While "at work," they run errands all day on the clock. This is not all feds, but it is also not unusual.

I have noticed that feds I travel with routinely take a day before travel and a day after away from the office but do not charge it to vacation. Frankly, they travel too much and do little while on the road. So how do we fix this? More telecommuting? That will directly result in an even less productive fed workforce. What the fed needs are meaningful measures of workforce productivity and value returned to the taxpayer.  

Anonymous


What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to letters@fcw.com (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.

Featured

  • Management
    people standing on keyboard (Who is Danny/Shutterstock.com)

    OPM-GSA merger plan detailed in legislative proposal

    The White House is proposing legislation for a dramatic overhaul of human resources inside government and wants $50 million to execute the plan.

  • Cloud
    cloud applications (chanpipat/Shutterstock.com)

    GSA plans civilian DEOS counterpart

    GSA is developing a cloud email and enterprise services contract inspired by the single-source vehicle the Department of Defense devised for back-office software.

  • Defense
    software (whiteMocca/Shutterstock.com)

    DOD looks to unify software spending for 2020

    Defense Department acquisition head, Ellen Lord, hopes to simplify software buying and improve business systems following the release of the Defense Innovation Board's final software acquisition study.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.