Loading...
Sending a thanks for the Pitt Emergency Veterinarian Clinic here in Greenville. We are so fortunate to have such...

High cost of civil service

Loading…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

As a young man just entering the workforce, I had an opportunity to work on a marketing proposal to the federal government. The project required taking over a function that was being performed by federal employees.

For the initial staffing they went for a 30 percent reduction over the government level. When I asked how they could make that assumption, they laughed and explained the Federal Civil Service system to me.

If an employee is incompetent, refused to do the job, or otherwise not functioning correctly, it is very difficult or impossible to fire him. A common solution is to move the worker to one side and hire someone who will do the work. This accomplishes two things: one, the work gets done; two, the supervisor now oversees more people and is subject to a raise.

At that time, it was estimated that in any large group of federal employees 70 percent were working their rears off while carrying the other 30 percent. In addition to the extra wages, the federal government pays for benefits beyond what is available in the private sector.

Because the private sector company was not subject to Civil Service restraints, they could do the work with fewer people. When this was coupled with the lower cost of benefits provided in the private sector, even with a 30 percent reduction in personnel, the company could cover the additional corporate overhead costs and show a profit, while saving the federal government money.

Now that we have an administration willing to buck the status quo, maybe they can completely overhaul the civil service system and reduce the cost of government.

Dallas Dawson

Washington

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Letters

November 14, 2018

Consider the following Republican presidents: Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Each a two-term, or twice-elected president; each a more disastrous presidency than its predecessor on the list (Nixon posing a threat to the Constitution via Watergate, Reagan posing a greater threat…

November 14, 2018

Orange County District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett recently compared Silent Sam to Hitler and, by extension, the human suffering of slaves to that of the Holocaust. Based upon her remarks, it is not clear how well Judge Scarlett knew Sam or Adolf Hitler.

Statistically speaking, Sam had not…

November 13, 2018

This letter is in response to the letter titled “Unjustly defaming Dixon again” by Willie Roberts that appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 31 edition.

Roberts stated that “White women have historically been used, wittingly or unwittingly, to destroy black men’s lives. Their…

November 12, 2018

What’s with you, Vic Corey? One second you are crowing how Trump is the reason for you being richer, the next you are, as always, worshipping your idea of a “new Christian.”

First, the U.S. is not a business; it is a country. Trump’s planned bankruptcies, his finding ways…

November 11, 2018

Is it any wonder that the attendance is dropping in the NFL when you can only pay the head man, Roger Godell, $40 million a year and have as many as five commentators sitting around a table in their $500-plus suits as they blurt out that which you and I are looking at? Not to mention another two…

November 11, 2018

With regard to the letter to the editor from David French concerning illegal immigration, I would respectfully ask Mr. French to do more research before citing any more misinformation. According to the Cato Institute and other sources, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration” (2017)…

November 11, 2018

With mid-terms behind us, the next Greenville election is for 2019 mayor and City Council. For six months following the 2017 election, I made no public statements and granted no interviews, preferring instead to observe actions of the new mayor and council.

Folk ask if I’ll run and perhaps…

November 10, 2018

Most of the mainstream media and the Democratic party leadership continually, and erroneously, declare President Trump as evil, racist and a hater of anything and everything the Democratic party stands for.

I suppose his economic policies that have benefited African Americans, Hispanics and others…

November 09, 2018

Henry Kissinger had much to say about our President Trump. “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen before.” Yes, President Trump is much different from our previous president that was willing to bow to other world leaders.

Trump’s presence was…

November 08, 2018

When the powers of division and hate emerge in the land, it is people of “good will” who do the hard work of reconciliation and community building. As a response to 9/11, a dedicated group of people began to gather each month to pray for peace and justice.

The thing that distinguishes…

171 stories in Letters. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 18
        Next Page»   Last Page»