26 July 2005
Getting what you pay for
The Bush administration is making noises about abolishing the General Schedule pay system and implementing merit-pay evaluations.
Clay Johnson III, of the Office and Management and Budget:
The federal government, as a rule, is pretty bad about managing people. We tend to treat people and manage our people as if they are bureaucrats. "They are all the same, let's treat them all the same." The goal is to treat them, and to think of them, as professional public servants, not as bureaucrats.... Until we can tie some small portion of pay to it, it will never happen.
Government-employee unions responded exactly the way you think they would. Brian DeWyngaert, chief of staff to AFGE president John Gage:
[This proposal] is meant to erode federal pay and future retirement security for middle-class federal workers over time. They have no data whatsoever to indicate that this will improve organizational performance.
Asked if there had been any studies on whether summer is warmer than winter, an AFGE spokesman declined comment.Posted at 7:35 AM to Political Science Fiction