It needs to be made much easier still. There is massive redundancy in the federal bureaucracy. There are jobs on top of jobs on top of jobs, all of which are paid for by you and me.
Let me tell you about a discussion I once had with a federal employee. This person, who is relatively young and generally inexperienced said off hand that in some ways the bureaucrats in DC were “managers” for the country. I laughed out loud. There are people, who we the taxpayers employ who seriously think this. Honest to God, they think this.
I explained that all federal employees work for we taxpayers in the private sector. It is we who pay for their employment. It is in the private sector that wealth is created. It is in the bureaucracy that this wealth is often squandered.
I was once talking to another federal employee (I used to live in the heart of big government country, Northern Virginia) who explained that her yearly plan and the plans of her co-workers (and this person was much more senior than the person above) basically consisted of making sure they went to the required number of conferences every year.
Not returning value to the taxpayer. Not increasing efficiency. Attending very nice conferences on the taxpayer dime. If they checked all the boxes then these federal workers also got a BONUS!
We could get rid of half of the federal workforce over 3 years with few problems. Just buy the old people out and start cutting the newer people. THIS is what the swamp most fears.
The executive orders to overhaul the civil service call for:
—Negotiating smarter contracts with federal employee unions.
—Renegotiating contracts to limit to 25 percent the amount of time federal employees who are authorized to work on behalf of a labor union can spend on union business during work hours. The administration says this and other changes could save taxpayers $100 million annually.
—And streamlining the length of time needed to fire a federal worker for poor performance. The process currently takes between six months and a year, longer if the dismissal is appealed.