Friday, August 22, 2008

Coburn's Report on Government employees

Coburn's Report: "Since 2001, federal employees at 18 departments and agencies were Absent Without Leave (AWOL) at least 19.6 million hours.

Annual AWOL hours in 2007 were 45% higher than in 2001.

Since 2001, nearly 300,000 federal employees have been AWOL for some period of time.

Since 2001, the government has lost at least 9,410 years of work from AWOL employees.

Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs had 19 times more AWOL hours than
employees at the Department of Defense to be AWOL, despite being outnumbered four to
The Departments of Veterans Affairs and the Treasury accounted for 61% of all AWOL hours
between 2001-2007.

Between 2001-2007, 13 of the 18 agencies either saw an increase in annual AWOL totals
or remained at approximately the same level as before, despite overall decreases in the
aggregate number of employees.

The number of hours that federal employees were AWOL in 2007 is equivalent to the time
it would take TSA to screen 1.7 billion checked bags, based on an average of 500 bags screened per hour."

Departments consider AWOL to be an absence without legit excuse. Not sick days, not vacation, not family emergencies.

Mr. President, this is the monster you have helped create.
Enjoy your turkey, but please don't make us share it with you.


Seth said...

Smaller government, anyone?

Solameanie said...

Where's Donald Trump when you need him?

"You're fired!"

Of course, it seems to be pretty hard to get fired from a government job. Former Louisiana governor (and crook) Edwin Edwards (D) once boasted, "The only way you'll ever get me out of office is to catch me in bed with a live boy or a dead woman."

I think Edwards has assumed room temperature now, if I am not mistaken. And, assuming that he went to the great beyond unrepentant, I can also conjecture that his temperature is decidedly warmer at the moment.

Jeana said...

Irnoic how this monopoly with fire-power still can't run their business efficently. Oh wait, they're the duh.

Jeana said...

BTW, hi! I found the edge of the world and jumped off, just to see what's underneath. Had an awful time getting back. That why I've been gone. :)

Noticed that you've been reading some si-fi. I prefer fantisy myself. I'm writing some, or isn't that obvious? :D

Palm boy said...

Seth, I figured you'd agree.

Joel, Those government unions are pretty hard to get past.
I've never heard that Edwards statement, but it's frightening how applicable it is.

Jeana, thats probably the best point to take from this. Government monopolies have no competition, and are thus bloated and inefficient.

I love Orsen Scott Card, Issac Asimov, Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Michael Chricton and even some Troy Denning.
I prefer Sci-Fi over fantasy. LOTR and th Chronicles of Narnia about wrap up my fantasy readings. It's really because of the legacy of Star Wars in my life that I'm sci-fi. The glamor and splendor of the stars is to much to pass up on.
Welcome back, btw. :D

Jeana said...

I learned a new word today: maladministration. Got it from the Virgina Bill of Rights. Thought that it was applicable. :D

The only sci-fi that I've read and enjoyed was C.S.Lewis' Space Trilogy, starting with "Out of the Silent Planet". Ever read them?

Palm boy said...

Yeah... I actually was able to finish Perlandra, the other two, That Hideous Strength in particular, were awful. :D

Jeana said...

"That Hideous Strength" was kind of weird, but I liked "Perlandra" a lot.