Now that the Sequester left small children vulnerable to the Black Plague, ended White House tours for the next century, shot firefighters out of a giant cannon into space and broke down the Washington Monument for use as kindling… the Federal Government appears to be cranking along as usual.
In one week alone this month, nearly 2,200 job listings available to the public were posted on USAJobs.gov, the federal government’s recruiting site. Add in new postings open only to current or former federal workers, including those laid off, and the number of new openings jumps to more than 4,600.
Critics say the posting of thousands of new jobs this month is proof that agencies have ignored the OMB and continue with unnecessary spending. But some employment experts say it’s not that simple, and agencies have valid reasons to post jobs that may — or may not — be filled.
One critic is Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, who launched a crusade against what he sees as nonessential hiring during the sequester. Coburn compiled a list of recent job openings that were posted during the sequester or in the days leading up to it.
Among them: a counsel for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation with a salary up to $155,000; a director for the Air Force History and Museums Policies and Programs with pay up to $165,300; law librarians at the Justice Department with salaries reaching $115,742; a Department of Labor assistant to answer phones at a top salary of $81,204; four public affairs specialists with salaries of up to $116,000; as well as several positions for painters for the Air Force and 23 recreation aides.
Well how will the Air Force possibly function without its painters? And if no one at the Department of Labor answers the phone, does is truly ring?