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Friday Feedback: Federal snow days, Scott Brown and the feds, nominees confirmed

By Ed O'Keefe

Some of the best reader feedback from The Federal Eye's most popular week ever:

Regarding this week's federal snow days...

From Monday:

OPM really has to stop that "inside the Beltway" stuff. Baltimore is considered part of the Washington-Baltimore consolidated metro area by the government, yet we are excluded from this OPM order. I work in Bowie. Did you know it was sunny and warm yesterday in Bowie? Oh, wait, they probably have more snow than D.C., yet they aren't 'inside the beltway'. Too much. -- jptjptjpt

From Tuesday:

I feel as though I have been productive telecommuting with this weather. I achieved all of my goals today. Plus I was able to reschedule all of my meetings without missing deadlines. I have enough work to last through Friday. I'm not afraid of the roads, but I am afraid of the ignorant drivers. My husband saw three cars spin out and crash on his way to work this morning. -- beachin6

From Wednesday:

For all of those who bellyache about bad road conditions as an excuse to stay home, I live in [Kentucky], we have a fairly heavy snowfall as well, the local municipality has far less money to spend on snow removal than does the DC area, yet my entire family managed to get to work, so get off your tails and go earn what we are paying you. Otherwise send your paychecks back to the treasury to lower Obama's out of control debt. -- jonweiss1

From Thursday:

On the one hand, I am jealous that my old coworkers are getting a 4th day off while I'm try to figure out how to make it through another 12 hr work day. On the other hand, when I get off of work, I go outside and sit on my lanai because I transferred to a job in Hawaii. I didn't move out here soon enough though, I spent a long time digging out my car back in December. -- zan20

From Friday:

I have a feeling this will be one of the biggest commuting nightmares we've ever had!
Not counting the innumerable amount of streets unplowed, Metro isn't fully operating yet - and will they still be single tracking w/ 24-30 minutes in between trains? I'm sure metro and the majority of parking lots are so full of snow they can't put anywhere that those who can get out won't have anywhere to park. It's going to be ugly! -- kasdc

Regarding a Boston Globe op-ed that slams Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for his position on federal employees...

The real problems with the Federal workforce are at the top end, those sitting around for decades getting automatic raises (for no good reason) while each year falling farther behind in productivity. However, age discrimination laws make it very, very tricky to deal with this. Some Agencies are smart about retirement buyouts and the like. This is more rational than punishing everybody.
The entry-level, mid-career level people are making HUGE sacrifices to stay in the government. Almost all of them are MUCH BETTER EDUCATED than their older counterparts. About the only allure is the job security, because many of them have young families.
I have been away from government for just 2 years, and my salary has increased already by 50 percent without much effort. Private sector companies compete for my skills. The government tells me to take it or leave it.
Don't tell me all Feds are overpaid. -- Wallenstein
The private sector includes McDonald's jobs and salaries. In the government we have contracted out all of those types of positions. The people picking up the trash, cleaning the bathrooms, cooking in the cafeteria, and even the secretarial support are all contractors. When those types of positions used to be filled with federal employees, it was more reasonable to compare the 'average' salary. -- 1Reader

Regarding the Senate's confirmation of 27 Obama administration appointees...

Lets see, Senate finally acts on less than half of Obama's appointees and he goes back on his threat to make a recess appointment? Is there something or someone he's prepared to stand up for? Former Democrats should remember how gutless Obama has been about pursuing his agenda when the next election rolls around. Why vote, when you get this lack of commitment? -- paulnolan97
Pres. Obama should appoint, appoint, appoint until the Republicans find that he is serious about his threats. Besides most of the public doesn't care or know about recess appointments. -- rlj1
It is quite possible that the public does not know or care about recess appointments, but they have a severe disadvantage- every recess appointment expires at the end of the congress which is next December. -- philogratis

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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So when will John Berry follow Catoe's lead and resign?

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