The company that brought us Edward Snowden—who told us things we didn’t know—now brings us a study explaining what we did know about our government. From Politico.com:
The federal government is headed for a crisis, a new report warns, and without reforms, a homegrown problem threatens to derail everything from foreign policy, to entitlements, to food safety.
The problem is the way the government manages its more than 2 million civil servants, according to a report from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and government consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
The culmination of more than a year of research and interviews with experts and stakeholders including government agencies, labor unions and representatives from the private and nonprofit sectors, the report released Tuesday argues that the system governing the way civil servants are hired, trained, promoted and classified is out of date and disconnected from the modern world, and without corrections, the government could face a serious labor crisis.
“Only 9 percent of the federal workforce is made up of people younger than 30 — compared to 23 percent of the total U.S. workforce,” the report says. “By 2017, nearly two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service, our nation’s career leadership corps, will be eligible for retirement, and about 31 percent of the government’s permanent career employees will be able to head out the door.”
The report identifies several problems with the way the federal workforce is managed, from recruitment to retirement. One major issue, the authors write, is that the current system was designed when most government jobs were clerical. Now, nearly two-thirds of government jobs are “knowledge-based” and administrative, but the government can’t compete with the private sector for the nation’s best talent.
“Unable to compete for and retain some of the high-end skills and lacking the capacity to handle many critical day-to-day tasks, the government often has to look to outside contractors for the intellectual capital and know-how that is needed,” the report said. “There also is an absence of clarity and consequence regarding individual and organizational performance. Top performers seldom receive sufficient rewards, poor performers are rarely fired or demoted, and managers are not held accountable for how well they manage employees or the outcomes of the work they oversee.”
Maybe the problem is that the current manifestation of government is far beyond what it was ever supposed to be in this nation.
This line from the article, attributed to Max Stier, CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, displays an abysmal understanding of America’s structure:
“This is the most important organization we have, and if we’re not treating the talent right, it’s failing our talent and failing our country.”
No, sir, the government is definitively not to be “the most important organization we have.” Government is to serve the People in very specific and limited ways, as they perform the most important functions in a free society.
The biggest problem we have is not a crumbling civil service system, but the fact that the system ever got to where it is today. It has become an “alternate society” within America, most concerned with justifying its existence, consuming the wealth of the nation, and consolidating power, rather than facilitating freedom.
Like Third World nations it has become part of a governmental Regime that is largely in opposition to the People, and has lost sight of its purpose. I have little doubt that we could fire at least 40% of those on the government payroll and see little, if any, negative impact.