Friday, January 29, 2016

A criterion for immense size and lost control in the executive branch

We all know the VA and it’s performance.
HERE is the story of 2 VERY high ranking officials demoted for ~corruption.
And now, the climax and its justification.

Judge Reverses Former VA Senior Executive’s Demotion

The Merit Systems Protection Board has overturned the Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to demote Kimberly Graves, a former senior executive accused of using her position for personal gain.
The reversal means that Graves, the former director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s St. Paul, Minn., regional office, will be reinstated to the Senior Executive Service.
Merit Systems Protection Board?????
The Merit Systems Protection Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems. The Board was established by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978, which was codified by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), Public Law No. 95-454. The CSRA, which became effective January 11, 1979, replaced the Civil Service Commission with three new independent agencies: Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which manages the Federal work force; Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), which oversees Federal labor-management relations; and, the Board.
So the executive branch has an internal, independent ‘judicial’ system with ITS own hierarchy, secretaries, etc to decide if the entire executive branch’s self authorizing, ever growing tentacles, desks, buildings, unions, has demoted, transferred, fired, or taken any other action which might be unfair.
Can you imagine the ‘niche’ of lawyers fed by this. Imagine the lobbying which goes on as this Jabba gets heavier and heavier.
All for a gestalt in which no decision made by executives (in an inefficient, ~corrupt organization) can withstand the Merit Systems Protection Board and whatever arcane ideas and precedents they have.
It’s almost ENOUGH to make you just throw up your hands, put it on cruise, come in no earlier than 9, go home at 4-5, think nothing about your work until the next day, and let the entire EDIFICE of the USA crumble.
And just start over.


Always On Watch said...

Banana republic.

Anonymous said...

Disturbing...incredibly disturbing.