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Friday, August 22, 2008

Of "No Show" Federal Workers, VA Employees Top MIA List

From ABC World News:

I've been looking for a related article on this, and have only found this general snippet from USNews' Political Bulletin:

ABC World News said a new report from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) has found that a "growing number" of Federal workers are not showing up for their jobs, a situation which Coburn "says costs $7 billion to $10 billion in lost productivity every year." How do these employees "get away with it? Coburn blames layers of bureaucracy and inefficiencies, which have allowed the numbers to grow." But the "union which represents many federal employees blames the Bush Administration."

While not mentioned above, the ABC report reveals that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has the most truant workers of all federal agencies. While most individual VA employees do incredibly trying and important work for our military families, that their peers rate highest for "no shows" (simply not coming in for days, weeks and even months at at time while still being paid) is yet another indication of the mammoth failure of our federal systems.

Disturbing news as a taxpayer and also as someone who believes the VA needs to do better than it currently is.

We deserve better from our government.

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