Away We Go, Pleading the 5th
4/17/2012 9:23:00 AM
So I did all that build up on Friday of a great new blog, with insider info, starting Monday, and then wah wah....I didn't post anything yesterday! I apologize for that little lapse. As you may have heard Jamie say we went to a Cardinals luncheon yesterday and I needed to race home to as Carl puts it, "go from early to girly." As any of you who watch the web cam can attest, I don't exactly get dressed up for this job. I am usually wearing either my running gear or comfy clothes that I manage to quietly pull out of my drawers in the dark of the morning.
From this new quality blog you can expect video and pictures (these are almost corporate expection) and insider info, you will only get here. So to start this off, we'll go a direction I know very well. At some point I will give you all a little background on me, but we'll start with an embarassing confession. Before I moved here I actually worked for the Federal Government. Long story short, I worked in radio, got laid off and was newly married and needed a job.
From my inside scoop I can just say that this whole GSA affair really is just a small snippet of an entire sector that needs vast reform. This is proof positive that EVERY sector of government needs change. Don't get me wrong, there are some good federal workers, my best friend Delyssa, is an incredible worker, but that's because she actually understands you have to work. Too many of these people have never worked in private sector, and don't understand how it works in the real world. Most federal workers are the ones that couldn't cut it in private sector, hence why they now work in a nice cushy job haven known as the federal government.
For those of you shocked that Neely hasn't been fired, all I can say it, it's really no surprise. Once you are in the system 6 months you are past probation. They can fire you, but it's not as easy. Once you hit a year, it's pretty much impossible to get you out. Most workers know that you keep your head down and work hard for a year and then you can pull whatever shenanigans you want. I have only ever once heard of someone getting fired, and that's because she told an OIG inspector she'd "cut a b*tch" while being audited.
So here below is the video from today of Meghan Kelly reporting on GSA administrator Jeff Neely pleading the 5th before Congress. Just know, not all federal workers are slackers, but by and large, we need reform all over the government. From the Executive and Legislative Branches all the way down to the last Office Automation Clerk or receptionist if you like.