This is why I love President Donald Trump. He is moving the Department of Agriculture out of Washington and into Kansas City and he has told AG employees in the beltway if they don’t want to move into flyover country, they can quit.
I dearly love this thing, I have to say.
The idea that these pampered, swamp dwellers are all upset that their jobs are moving to what they consider is a dreaded, boring, Midwestern Kansas City locale is simply too delicious to ignore.
These whiney leftists working for the AG Dept. have been handed a letter with two check boxes on it. One box says “yes, I will move to Kansas City,” and the other says “no, I will not accept the transfer.”
If “no” is checked, though, the department has already told these placemen and useless hangers on that they will be “separated by adverse action procedures,” the Washington Post reports.
The paper also reports that the “separation” warning also has other hilarious consequences:
That means getting fired, with an opportunity to appeal the dismissal through what could be an expensive process. Getting fired could also make it more difficult to find another federal job in an area where the government dominates.
Oh, this could not be funnier.
Fewer than 15 percent of the workforce will be offered buyouts or retirement packages, too.
“Adverse action” can have another meaning that goes beyond the affected employees and more broadly hits taxpayers, organizations and businesses. In addition to the big hassle for workers, relocations could have an adverse impact — a major brain drain — on the work of the two agencies, the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Administration officials say that moving the agency to Kansas City will save up to $300 million in operating costs. Even if all it saved was $300 I’d be for it.
“We did not undertake these relocations lightly, and we are doing it to enhance long-term sustainability and success of these agencies,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said last month. The considerable taxpayer savings will allow us to be more efficient and improve our ability to retain more employees in the long run.”
SDA conducted a Cost Benefit Analysis and conservative estimates show a savings of nearly $300 million nominally over a 15-year lease term on employment costs and rent or about $20 million per year, which will allow more funding for research of critical needs like rural prosperity and agricultural competitiveness, and for programs and employees to be retained in the long run, even in the face of tightening budgets. On top of that, state and local governments offered generous relocation incentives packages totaling more than $26 million. Finally, this relocation will give USDA the opportunity to attract a diverse staff with training and interest in agriculture. To learn more about USDA’s Cost Benefit Analysis, you may view the USDA Cost Benefit Analysis document
This is all great stuff.Trump truly is dismantling the swamp.
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