One of the things which drives many of us in the private sector, the productive sector, nuts is the degree to which at least some in the “public” sector are protected even in the face of gross incompetence and even occasional outright criminal behavior. How are we supposed to feel confident about our government when we know that the bureaucracy looks out for itself first and considers serving the citizenry secondary. (If we are lucky.) How can we feel confident about our civil system, our very expensive civil system, when things like the below story happen with regularity.
(From The Washington Examiner)
Stan Meiburg, acting deputy administrator at the EPA, said the agency attempted to fire the employee but the Merit Systems Protection Board, which adjudicates personnel decisions, overturned the decision. Instead, the agency paid the employee $55,000 to retire and leave the agency, he said. That shocked Chaffetz…
…Among the cases detailed during Thursday’s hearing were an EPA contractor who admitted to watching pornography while on the job for one or two hours per day for 18 years before being fired, and an employee who stole thousands of dollars of office equipment and is still employed by the agency despite being convicted of theft, among others.