As some of you may or may not know GovLoop has a blog with the Huffington Post (It's pretty cool, you should check it out). Every week we try to write about something that's going on inside GovLoop.
Well, our most recent post about "Rightsizing" the government has blown up, and we'd love to get more of your opinions and voices! First off props to Daniel Crystal and all the GovLoopers who started the conversation about "rightsizing" and "how large should the government be?" last week.
Check out our Huffpost piece, which was featured on the Politics page. We have taken the liberty of taking some of the best comments and posting them below. We'd love to hear your thoughts on them.
1) Government workers get buyouts. Private employees get laid off. Why the difference?
2) When government at all levels is reduced in size and scope to the sole purpose of protecting freedom and providing public goods, narrowly defined, the number of government employees and government contracts will finally be right sized.
3) The consultant to employee ration is out of control. Having worked in the government space, I can tell you that at least half the time, a consultant's work had to be redone internally because they cannot compensate for lack of institutional knowledge and deep understanding of an operational culture from their outside perspective. They should set a limit on the consultant to employee ratio. Employee work in the end is more operational and less costly.
4) I remember when Reagan came into office. He told the agencies freeze all hiring, if they are not on board by now don't accept any more. If they are in the process of transferring they can only take the other job if THEY will pay their own way. If your staff gets so low you will have to appeal for extra personnel. He told the air traffic controllers that they had three months to get back to work when they wanted to strike for more pay and if they didn't report they would be let go. He thought the spending was out of control and tried to fix it. I can't fault a president for trying.
5) So, the real question becomes what PROGRAMS will the GOP crowd willing to live without in pursuit of a truly small government. Seems like there is an increasing dsconnect between what the small government crowd wants in terms of service and the reality of what those things cost.
Feel free to add your opinion here or on the Huffington Post blog!