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The looming shutdown is ‘government disservice’ to U.S. taxpayers and employees

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on September 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Originally published on The Washington Post on September 21 by Joe Davidson.

The symptom is “government disservice.”

The diagnosis is congressional “chronic dysfunction.”

It’s enough to make taxpayers and federal employees sick.

A new report with this diagnosis is particularly timely as Congress again toys with the American public and its workforce with another threat to shut down the government.

The title of the report, “Government Disservice,” by the Partnership for Public Service, aptly describes what Congress does when it leads the country to the brink of a shutdown, as it is doing now, or worse, as was the case two years ago when a partial shutdown closed many government operations for 16 days.

Republican opposition to federal funding for Planned Parenthood could result in government workers being sent home and offices closing their doors after the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. That’s getting close, yet an informal Washington Post survey indicates a number of staffers so far have heard nothing from their agencies.

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