Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Response to Laurie Roberts Facebook Comment Re: Shutdown Furloughed Federal Employees

To Laurie Roberts,
In response to Facebook Comment:

1.       I don’t believe the furloughed federal employee’s creditors will kick them out of their houses or they will be put out on the street this soon.
2.      They are being held “hostage” by the Democrat leadership who refuse to sit down and negotiate a resolution.
3.      The Democrats partied in Puerto Rico, Pelosi vacationed in Hawaii and now they have closed up shop and gone home for a 3 day weekend.
4.     Accordingly, the Constitution’s Framers viewed the security of the nation to be the foremost responsibility of the federal government. 
5.      It’s obvious the Democrat leadership doesn’t have the safety of America as their number ONE priority.
6.     Monies for border security/wall/barrier to stop an illegal invasion of the USA is for the security of the nation.
The shutdown is past the 30 day period and if I could intervene I would use RIF to dismiss the NON-ESSENTIAL Federal employees.
When agencies furlough employees for more than 30 calendar days or 22 discontinuous work days, they must use RIF procedures.
RIFs in the Federal Government
The US Office of Personnel Management is responsible for overseeing RIFs by federal agencies. These agencies may choose when they want to implement a RIF, but they must follow the rules set forth by OPM.
In deciding who stays and who goes, federal agencies must take four factors into account:
·       Tenure
·       Veteran status
·       Total federal civilian and military service
·       Performance
Agencies cannot use RIF procedures to fire bad employees. Adverse personnel actions must be taken on an individual basis. While performance is a factor in RIFs, it is only one factor. Agencies can’t simply get rid of their lowest performers.
Laurie Roberts Barbara, Maybe you can intervene with those employees' creditors and explain why they won't be paying their bills next month or the month after? It's ridiculous and just plain wrong to hold them hostage in this political standoff. Trump won't come down from his $5.7 million for the wall. Democrats say not a penny for the wall. And 800,000 people are caught in the crossfire. I, for one, would like to see Sinema and McSally each call out their own parties for their respective roles in this mess.