Department of Agriculture

Too many managers - not enough workers

My agency has become far too top heavy. Our state manager spends most of his time in travel status or on detail eating up taxpayer dollars on per diem. We barely have enough field staff to get our work done with too much oversight by middle and upper management. We only need 10% administrative and management staff. Limit the number of GS-12, 13 and 14's and put many more GS-5 through 9's in the field. They are the ones... more »

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Legislative Branch

Rethink Safety & Safety Officers

I think the Government should rethink the role of having Safety Officers. In my agency (USDA Forest Service), each forest has a highly paid safety officer that makes $70,000 or more. That equates to millions of dollars in salary across the forest system. Many of these folks get paid to simply send out emails about safety incidents and predominantly represent redundant middle management. Make employees responsible for... more »

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