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    Default These USDA employees face a stark choice: Move to Kansas City or be fired

    The Agriculture Department is offering employees a rare choice: accept a forced transfer to a post 1,000 miles away or be fired.
    The Trump administration’s plan to move two agencies from the District to the Kansas City area includes a document with two blank boxes on it, sent to employees on June 13. Check one, it instructs: Accept the transfer by July 15 or “be separated by adverse action procedures.”
    That means getting fired, with an opportunity to appeal the dismissal through what could be an expensive process.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.c3b32fefb7db


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    TDS shrikes again

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    The Agriculture Department is offering employees a rare choice: accept a forced transfer to a post 1,000 miles away or be fired.
    The Trump administration’s plan to move two agencies from the District to the Kansas City area includes a document with two blank boxes on it, sent to employees on June 13. Check one, it instructs: Accept the transfer by July 15 or “be separated by adverse action procedures.”
    That means getting fired, with an opportunity to appeal the dismissal through what could be an expensive process.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.c3b32fefb7db
    I honestly think this makes a bunch of sense. About 90% of the federal government jobs in DC have no reason to be there. DC is overcrowded and expensive. OTOH, there are a dozen midwest/rust belt states that could use the jobs. People bag on Matt Yglesias, but he actually suggested this several years ago: https://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/1...ent-to-midwest

    Sucks for the individuals, but people are forced to make this same decision all the time in private industry. The timeline seems a little harsh, but perhaps it was communicated via other means in advance.

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    This is huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justthefacts View Post
    I honestly think this makes a bunch of sense. About 90% of the federal government jobs in DC have no reason to be there. DC is overcrowded and expensive. OTOH, there are a dozen midwest/rust belt states that could use the jobs. People bag on Matt Yglesias, but he actually suggested this several years ago: https://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/1...ent-to-midwest

    Sucks for the individuals, but people are forced to make this same decision all the time in private industry. The timeline seems a little harsh, but perhaps it was communicated via other means in advance.
    Good post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bga1 View Post
    Good post.
    bga1: Big Fan of Matt Yglesias


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    Quote Originally Posted by justthefacts View Post
    I honestly think this makes a bunch of sense. About 90% of the federal government jobs in DC have no reason to be there. DC is overcrowded and expensive. OTOH, there are a dozen midwest/rust belt states that could use the jobs. People bag on Matt Yglesias, but he actually suggested this several years ago: https://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/1...ent-to-midwest

    Sucks for the individuals, but people are forced to make this same decision all the time in private industry. The timeline seems a little harsh, but perhaps it was communicated via other means in advance.
    Perhaps. But giving them one month to decide to move across the country or be fired pretty much exposes the lie that it's about cost savings. It's about gutting/burying scientific research at the Federal level as they've been doing all along. It appears they don't even have offices for them to move to yet. I suspect 80-90% won't go and very few of them will be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    The Agriculture Department is offering employees a rare choice: accept a forced transfer to a post 1,000 miles away or be fired.
    The Trump administration’s plan to move two agencies from the District to the Kansas City area includes a document with two blank boxes on it, sent to employees on June 13. Check one, it instructs: Accept the transfer by July 15 or “be separated by adverse action procedures.”
    That means getting fired, with an opportunity to appeal the dismissal through what could be an expensive process.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.c3b32fefb7db
    Oh noes!! Firing government employees? Howie has a big problem with this and cares deeply about the deficit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    Perhaps. But giving them one month to decide to move across the country or be fired pretty much exposes the lie that it's about cost savings. It's about gutting/burying scientific research at the Federal level as they've been doing all along. It appears they don't even have offices for them to move to yet. I suspect 80-90% won't go and very few of them will be replaced.
    Howie can see the real reason. He's not swayed by your Matt Y think pieces recommending this exact strategy. This is about Naziism and nothing else.

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    This is all about hate bigotry racism right wing extremistism...if it was one or 2 people it would not be national a crisis level event...hopefully it is a keynote subject in the next debate

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    They should have moved the office to Minneapolis. We have better universities, a bigger local economy, and more industry that would be able to collaborate with the USDA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopherguy0723 View Post
    They should have moved the office to Minneapolis. We have better universities, a bigger local economy, and more industry that would be able to collaborate with the USDA.
    If they want to gut programs in the name of spending cuts, do it honestly via Congress and pass a budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopherguy0723 View Post
    They should have moved the office to Minneapolis. We have better universities, a bigger local economy, and more industry that would be able to collaborate with the USDA.
    +1, but KC is a good location too. Federal employees know they are subject to being moved at any time. You know that when you take a Federal job. The argument that science is damaged by moving away from DC is hilarious. Ag is riddled by bad science in recent decades and that has been driven by lobbyists and Big $$$. UMN is not exempt from that either. (Bad science and corrupt money.) If you want a wrong answer, just read a Howdy Doody post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    If they want to gut programs in the name of spending cuts, do it honestly via Congress and pass a budget.
    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    If they want to gut programs in the name of spending cuts, do it honestly via Congress and pass a budget.
    So you don't really want spending cuts. As suspected.

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