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A passionate defense of federal workers

By Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein

By The Post's Lisa Rein:

Max Stier, President and CEO of the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, gives a passionate defense of federal workers in an opinion piece on the AOL site.

"As attacks from makeshift roadside bombs wreaked havoc in Iraq and later in Afghanistan, Teri Glass and colleagues at Fort Detrick in Maryland worked tirelessly to develop a state-of-the-art medical evacuation system that has since helped medics quickly and safely transport wounded soldiers to battlefield hospitals.

"The effort by Glass and her team, credited with saving countless lives, is just one of many examples of the work done every day by federal civil servants -- successful but often unheralded accomplishments that serve the public good.

"Amid the heated anti-government rhetoric of this election season and suggestions that federal workers represent some sort of privileged class, it may be easy to overlook the important role played by public servants who on a daily basis find solutions to serious problems, assist Americans in need, keep us safe and advance our national interests."

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By Lisa Rein  | October 21, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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The assault on federal workers might have one possible good outcome. One in seven residents in Virginia work for the government. If Republicans get their way and sack government workers Virginia's economy could be decimated. Virginia would no longer be a conservative powerhouse and it would come about by their own hand.

Posted by: tryreason | October 22, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I am an ex Personnel Officer in the Fed Gov. In the 35 years I was employed I found that the majority of employees were proud of what they did and were responsible and often dedicated to their mission. Remember that without them there would be no government.

Posted by: theoldmanfromMo | October 22, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

How do you defend the indefensible?? Fed workers are paid $123,000 a year twice what the taxpayers earn. They have annual raises and promotions, a golden parachute for retirement and 0 accountability.
Yet the come refrain from them is we work too hard and are under paid and we deserve more and more and more.
They have killed the golden goose

Posted by: mandinka2 | October 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

And did I hear on the local news that federal workers received a transit subsidy from from the stimulus funds..? Well, there you have it. Must be nice...

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | October 22, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Mandinka2 has been drinking the Heritage/Cato foundation kool aid. 123k would be the number for Senior Executive Service employee which would be that of a station chief of very highly placed manager in DC. The average employee outside of DC at a GS 11 level wold be good for about half that. There is no golden parachute at retirement and the raise if any is suggsted by the president and passed by congress. One year during the Reagan Administration and one year under Clinton the increase was 0%. Promtions are not annual depending upon step within grade.OPM and other studies have concluded that in a COMPARABLE job the federal worker has been underpaid.
The right wing has long made the federal employee a whipping boy or worse. This year congressman King of Iowa hit a new low when he was more concerned about the grievances of a terrorist who flew an airplane into an IRS facility in Texas and killed an employee who was a decorated Vietnam vet.
This will continue as long as there are cameras and microphones in DC.
The only recourse for active duty and retired feds to contact the newsmedia when these stories appear.
It is instructive that several senate cantidates on the right want to to privatize the VA medical system without having done a cost benefit analysis. VA is the recognized world leader in prosthtics research as well as post traumatic stress disorder research all of which has been done by federal employees. Where does all this expertise go if the system is privatized?

Posted by: rant | October 22, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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