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Government Advertises for Nearly 2,600 New Jobs Since Sequestration

This includes 107 new positions at the Department of Homeland Security, which has freed illegal immigrants citing budgetary constraints.

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Bridget Johnson

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March 11, 2013 - 7:56 pm
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New job postings at random agencies include a six-figure IT specialist at the Railroad Retirement Board, an exhibition aid for the National Gallery of Art, an Albanian-language broadcaster, and a space-assignment technician at the National Archives.

The office of the president is advertising for a management analyst, with a salary of $51,630 to $97,333 per year, to provide “assistance, research, advice and consultation on a full scope of administrative, managerial and financial projects in support of the Office of Administration.” Relocation assistance is not included.

If anyone does want to complain about sequestration job losses, though, the Office of Personnel Management is hiring a customer service specialist for its call center.

Last week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) wrote to Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients, noting that many nonessential federal job postings were still going up despite pressure on the office to warn agencies that hiring activity should be scrutinized in the face of sequestration.

On the first business day after sequestration, 606 new jobs were posted on the USA Jobs site.

“While some of these positions may be essential to the mission of the agency, others plainly are not,” Coburn wrote. “…According to OMB, the average annual salary for a government employee is around $76,000. This means that the average new hire equates to a one week furlough for 52 current government employees.”

Jobs found by Coburn on March 4 and highlighted in the letter to Zients included 23 openings that included “recreation” in the title and a historian for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“While the Air Force may need leadership for its museums and history programs, and the USDA may need to keep its literature in order, those needs should take a back seat to the dire threat to public health and safety that some have claimed will result from sequestration,” Coburn wrote. “Canceling the opening for the librarian position at USDA could offset one week of furloughs for as many as 104 to 156 food inspectors.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The rules are for everyone else, NOT him. It's been that way from day ONE when he said I won.
1 year ago
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And to think Obama, the Honest, is ignoring the principals of the Sequestration. This man who is in the Presidential position has a long liars tail that I believe has been caught in the kitichen screen door. If thr Democrat Senate will not do its job in Impeachment then that body seriously needs to be denuded of its Democrat Senators there by balancing the Checks and Balances. The Democrats have too long been in power and have near destroyed the country. in over 80 years..
1 year ago
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All, USA Jobs has a listing of every federal job in Government. Any vacancies are posted on a regular basis and you can even apply for the positions. However, there is a hiring freeze on for ANY new hires. The only positions being filled are the critical ones and there are not many of those comparatively speaking.

As was previously mentioned, many Federal employees ARE retiring but most of those jobs will be left unfilled until well after the sequester is over.
1 year ago
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The sequester a week later: Obama still holding America hostage
http://networkedblogs.com/J5XSH
#tcot #teaparty #patriot #Resist44
1 year ago
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It also could just be hiring to replace attrition loses: 20,000 Federal employees filed for retirement in Feb., on top of another 20,000 in Jan. (http://www.federalnewsradio.com/520/3240955/Upsurge-in-February-retirements-causes-backlog-to-balloon)

There is a huge number of Federal employees nearing retirement (or already eligible). It would be possible for some agencies to cover their sequestration "cuts" with attrition alone. Any critical positions could be new hires (at baseline salary - so cheaper) and still have a net savings. There is probably a lot more "ROAD" (Retired-On-Active-Duty) employees that can be pushed out the door.
1 year ago
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Journalist: Mr. President, in light of the many dire warnings you gave us regarding the consequences of the sequester ... could you please explain the fact that nearly 2,600 new jobs in government, have been advertised since your dire warnings?
Obama: Uhh ... well ... Let me be perfectly clear ... uhh ... when those positions are filled, I can then appear on national TV again and show the people that I have created jobs. Uhh ... (whispering) ... you'll never work as a journalist again.

I love it when "community agitating" is trumped by common sense.
Thanks Bridget
1 year ago
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Bridget! You hit this one out of the park! Great research and great article. With very little ink you have once again shown the soul of politics and Obama... Lies, lies and more lies. Too bad the 47% that put this jerk in office are too stupid to grasp the significance of what you have written.
1 year ago
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I agree! Bridget, you are one of the best at PJMedia. Great work!
1 year ago
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A lot of federal employees voted for their Gravy-Train-In-Chief. Also, follow the money whereby their unions donated over $87.5 million on the elections.
1 year ago
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An appropriate question to ask of Mr. Coburn might be: "How many federal jobs have you requested be terminated or otherwise not filled in your state of Oklahoma, in the name of sequestration?"
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