I rarely watched the Simpsons and the only episode I remember involved the Springfield Power Plant – where Homer worked – being taken over by a German company who did a productivity analysis.
Sure enough when judgment day came …
Horst – the plant’s new general manager – gathered all employees in the courtyard to announce the cut-backs that where being implemented:
Horst: Attention workers, we have completed our evaluation of the plant.
We regret to announce the following lay-offs, which I will read in alphabetical order:
Horst: Simpson, Homer.
Horst: That is all.
Now what has that got to do with the U.S. Parole Commission?
Remember the Sequester?
Massive budget cut cuts that would not just pare fat from the Federal government … cuts that would cut into the muscle (and maybe even the bone) to render most of the well-oiled government mechanisms inoperable.
Well, the GAO has just finished a recap of the Sequester’s enduring impact on Federal government staffing levels.
The results …
Only one Federal government agency — the Department of Justice – implemented a “reduction in force” … government-speak for permanent lay-offs.
Here’s the kicker:
“DOJ officials reported that one DOJ component — the U.S. Parole Commission — implemented a reduction in force of one employee to achieve partial savings required by sequestration in fiscal year 2013.”Source
My hypothesis: When Homer was cut at the power plant, he must have landed at the Department of Justice in the Parole Commission.
Otherwise, you gotta feel sorry for the dolt who got a pink slip.
Imagine being the only government employee considered to be expendable.