Federal Executives Under Fire Should Be Fired

The “Federal Times” in a front page article on December 1, 2014, written by Andy Medici, indicated that the Senior Executive Service (SES) needed a major overhaul in the wake of recent scandals and criticism from lawmakers.

Former SES employees stated that things could be improved by increasing pay and incentives, by emphasizing positive achievements of SES’s rather than negative actions, and by encouraging movement between agencies.

Are you kidding me?  How will the SES’s be held accountable for mismanagement by giving them more money, bragging on them, and shuffling them around between agencies?  Well, just consider the source.

I was a fraud attorney for the Air Force, Navy, and Marines.  I proposed criminal prosecution against SES members who broke the laws.  None of them were ever prosecuted.  I worked for over four decades in the military and only rarely were there consequences for SES’s when they violated laws.  And there were few consequences for incompetent and inept SES’s.

My opinion for over four decades remains the same.  They need to be prosecuted for unlawful activities and fired for incompetence.  The average salary for these overpaid managers is about $166,000.  In 2016, over half of these SES’s will be eligible to retire.  This would be a good time to recruit competent supervisors from the private sector.  The system of promoting home grown federal employees into management positions has only advanced the best “suck up’s” and career advocates in the system, who were not competent enough to enter private practice.  Over the years, the federal government loses its best employees because they can make more money on the outside and they get tired of working for incompetent management.

There are outstanding retired supervisors from the private sector, who would jump at the chance to help improve the federal government.  Simply downsize the pool of SES employees through attrition.  Don’t hire replacements for those who retire.  The federal government will be better without them in the work force.  Then take that money and hire former managers from companies to run quality control surveys throughout the federal government.  These managers must have power to fire the remaining SES’s and any federal employees.  They should also be empowered to make changes that will improve our government.  They must be given the ability to recommend prosecution and terminations for cause.

Federal executives who are under fire for incompetence should be terminated.

Politicians Are Like Disposable Diapers

Politicians are like disposable diapers:  they frequently need to be removed and thrown out… and for the same reason.

Now, most people will think that is because they are both full of shit, but that’s not the entire story.  They both need to be removed because they are dirty without any possibility of being cleaned up.

When I was a fraud attorney in the Pentagon and the Navy Yard in Washington, I was amazed at how quickly the new congressmen turned to the dark side.  Even the Tea Party candidates were consumed by the corruption blender in DC.  The insiders inside the beltway told me that about 98% of senators and representatives were accepting money from third parties.

As a fraud attorney, I approached federal investigators and DOJ to see if we could prosecute these individuals, but I was told that these amounts are considered to be campaign contributions.  I explained that I had information that indicated otherwise, but I was told that this was part of the DC culture that I couldn’t change.  In fact, I was told that we would lose our jobs if we took any action against these congressmen.

Quite frankly, if politicians didn’t join the ranks of those who were paid off by special interest groups, then they were blackballed by the majority and were relegated to being in the dungeon of Congress, where they could never get anything done.

Even if you voted all the Congressmen out of office, the system is set up for failure so that the newly elected Congressmen eventually would be exactly the same.  Even though the majority of politicians is corrupt and needs to be removed, the system is flawed beyond repair and a changing of the guard will not solve the problem.  Most citizens know that our political system is failing, but they don’t know how deep the cancer has spread.  In effect, the cancer is inoperable.

So, we can make jokes about how bad politicians are and can laugh about it.  But there are some very difficult times ahead for our country because we no longer have congressmen who are willing to do the right things for their country.  They don’t ask what they can do for their country; they ask what their country can do for them.  And they don’t represent you; they represent themselves.  I guess just like disposable diapers, we are stuck with them until we can get rid of them.