Friday Feedback: The Postal Service; NHTSA and GOP; the presidential transition; diversity on Capitol Hill
A sampling of some of the comments from this week's most popular Federal Eye items. The thoughts expressed below do not represent the views of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post:
Regarding a new GAO report on the Postal Service...
The GAO proposals are workable: I would be opposed to outsourcing of USPS work - we have learned that such contracting of other govt work to private companies generally cost's the agency 2 or 3 times as much as with the original company; the cost of contracted work during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has made millions of dollars for the companies with shoddy work, abuse, and less productive results overall. One thing that is badly needed is the buyout or forced retirements of many 'elderly' or long time postal employees who are well past their retirement dates but are hanging on. -- davidmswyahoocom
FedEx actually uses the Postal Service to deliver non-overnight packages to the final destination in small towns and rural areas. Apparently they think Postal Service is pretty reliable.
If private companies were require to fund retiree benefits in the same way Postal Service is, they'd be broke too. Without that burden Postal Service makes a small profit. -- billj1
Everyone doesn't own a computer and UPS and FED EX are way to expensive. They should keep the postal service. They may not serve the public as they used to due to the internet but they are still needed, especially in winter when the snow is a foot deep. -- safmmail
The USPS could save a whole lot of money by minting one stamp per denomination, not 20 or more. They need to decide what their core business is - is it sending mail, or catering to collectors? It costs a bundle for every new stamp design from start to finish. -- SpeaknUp
About news that NHTSA won't share some sensitive Toyota information with a Republican lawmaker...
NHTSA is 100% correct, and the POST should do some basic research on the subject. Your run-of-the-mill Congressman has no greater right than you do to get confidential business information from the Government. He is treated as no different from the general public requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Confidential business or financial information is not releasable, and the general public should be glad about that. Would you want your neighbor to get any confidential business or financial information that the Government happens to have about YOU or your business? No. Unless it is a Committee Chairman asking, they are treated the same as the general public. Darrell Issa knows this; it's been the law for ages. He's really just angry that he's not a committee chair, but an ordinary Congressman. -- gasmonkey
Hey, the Republicans set the rules for this when they ran the Congress and the Executive Branch. Minority members have every right to file a FOIA request. -- westomoon
Regarding a new bill to start the presidential transition sooner...
Don't the senators have enough on their plate as it is? Is office space for candidates really that important? Why can't the campaigns foot the bill? Must be a slow day, I guess. -- clanton28
Our transition process is indeed profoundly broken: it takes forever to get the 6,000 Presidential appointees in place.
The answer isn't to start earlier. The answer is to have fewer Presidential appointees. Cabinet secretaries and their immediate staff, sure. But do we really need to change 6,000 top staffers every time we get a new President?
This is cronyism run rampant. We shouldn't further institutionalize it. -- 12008N1
Regarding moves to make Capitol Hill more diverse...
More diversity hogwash. Whatever happened to hiring the most qualified, regardless of race, creed, etc? If the government concentrated more on seeing that our people could receive proper education and training, the pool of those qualified would be larger. When you artificially "equalize" anything, it just lowers the bar, resulting in poorer quality. -- Lilycat1
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