Senate hearing seeks to ‘cultivate’ the federal workforce

A Senate hearing scheduled for Tuesday will examine “cultivating the federal workforce.”

Needing quick cultivation, according to the advance testimony of three employee representatives, is the workforce’s morale.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs federal workforce subcommittee hearing coincides with Public Service Recognition Week. The leaders of the employee organizations will use the hearing to complain that federal employees are not being recognized properly.

“Federal employees have had their benefits diminished by $138 billion in the name of deficit reduction. $138 billion. They are the only group in the country to have been singled out to fix the federal deficit,”  Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says in her prepared statement.

“How do we cultivate the federal workforce when that workforce endures years of stagnant wages and lives under constant attack on their benefits and bad and misleading press?”

J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, raises related issues and asked: “How could morale be anything other than extremely low under these circumstances? The answer is that federal employees are a devoted and resilient bunch. They despise what the politicians have done to them.”

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, lamented the level of support those politicians have shown federal workers.

“Regrettably,” she said, “there has been limited visible support emanating from the Administration or Congress in defense of federal workers, especially Senior Executives, despite their selfless service and noteworthy
accomplishments.”

 

 

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012.
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