FMA PRESIDENT PATRICIA NIEHAUS PRAISES WORK OF FEDERAL MANAGERS IN FEDERAL TIMES - September 24, 2012
In the face of derision, feds do important, necessary work
By Patricia Niehaus, FMA National President
It is not easy being a federal employee these days. Like most Americans, we want to perform our jobs to the best of our abilities and earn a fair wage. We provide critical services that all Americans rely on but are regularly treated as a burden on society or worse.
It is regrettably common for many people to lambaste the hardworking men and women of the federal workforce, and it is particularly discouraging when those attacks are made by elected officials.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage in July regrettably compared employees of the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo. Baseless comments such as these take a toll on their fellow citizens, who are doing their congressionally mandated jobs.
Fed bashing, usually done to symbolically score political points, irresponsibly singles out federal employees and ignores the principles of individual responsibility and accountability.