Comments on: Recognizing EPA’s Extraordinary Team of Public Servants http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/ The EPA Blog Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:17:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: wade http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24745 Mon, 20 May 2013 12:45:06 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24745 Julian – You could not be further from the truth. As an environmental engineer I have had the opportunity to work with environmental agencies in SC, GA, Tenn, Texas, Mexico. I was in charge of industrial wastewater treatment plants or pretreat programs in each of these locations. In addition I have designed wastewater treatment plants in Pakistan, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela. I am blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife of 54 years, 2 marvelous daughters (all college grads) and 3 grandboys of which 2 are college grads and the 3rd enters college this fall. However, thru out all my career I have always had a heart for the “working people” and I owe all to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

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By: Julian http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24744 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:32:20 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24744 Wade, It seems you have an Axe to grind with government workers. You like every other “working group” in the outside have the choice to apply for a government job. We all have choices to move and improve our quality of life. Public servants, also known as civil servants in some countries, are employed (indirectly or directly) by the government in what is known as the public sector. Taxpayers and public funds partially or fully fund their wages, which is why they are known as servants of the public. While Farmers and those who work the factories provide us with great service that are also providing a service to the public. Instead of blaming others, do something about it and improve your life and attitude so you can live in a more cheerful environment. Generating a good attitude, a good heart as much as possible is important. From this happiness in both the short and long term for both your self and others.

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By: wade http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24743 Mon, 13 May 2013 15:45:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24743 I get the “jitters” when I hear the word “public servants” used for many gov’t employees. Would that we, the working group, in the outside world get the pay and benefits afforded to gov’t workers which given the truth are there primerely for just that – earn a good living. Possibly those that work in the factories and on the farms to provide us with food, shelter and clothing are the true public servants.

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By: kevin g http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24742 Fri, 10 May 2013 19:45:53 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24742 Thanks for the kind words Mr. Perciasepe, but….. would you advise at to the status at the Office of the EPA Administrator level to return to Congress (as numerous other federal agencies have successfully done) to request permission to reallocate EPA discretionary funds via Interchange Transfer Authority to prevent the need for additional employee furlough days during implementation of Phase 2 of the sequestration?

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By: Anon http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24741 Fri, 10 May 2013 17:08:29 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24741 This rings very hollow. While other agencies started reducing their workforce more than a year ago through attrition and encouraged managers to return unspent funds at year end, EPA put its head in the sand and did nothing proactive. The furloughs are very much self-inflicted. I have never seen morale so low, innovation stifled, and a culture of fear that is now being propagated. We have seen a major failure in leadership at this wonderful agency. Our senior leaders should be visiting EPA employees throughout the country talking about what EPA is doing now to avoid additional furloughs and impacts to our mission and employees in out-years instead of writing blog posts.

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By: Short Timer http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24740 Thu, 09 May 2013 11:25:12 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24740 Legion Notes:
. we don’t feel appreciated when we are still being furloughed when job postings are being opened for managers….
Might I add that some of these are SES poisitions!

The Acting Adminiostrator’s message reminds me of Nixon saying: “don’t listen to what I say, watch what I do”

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By: Master Melvin M. Lusterio http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24739 Thu, 09 May 2013 08:11:27 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24739 The Good Force be with you!

Excellent work, Admin Bob & Team! Keep it up!

Live forever and prosper!

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By: Frank Blue http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24738 Wed, 08 May 2013 18:35:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24738 We as Public Servants knows what we have done/do to make the United State and the World a better place to live work and play.
Persons out side of the Federal Government I wish they could really understand what we do as Public Servants . We do not just sit on our butts and draw a pay check. I am tired of hearing the Government is the Enemy of the American People put a sock in it/ or on it.I am proud of what we do. Sequestration and Furloughs is not the Answer.

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By: Ruben B. Aridge http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24737 Wed, 08 May 2013 18:22:37 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24737 Altough i’ve only been a part of the U.S.EPA for ahort time, the sense of family and well being has never been so strong within me.I feel as though i have finaly found a place in this world, that truly makes that world a better place. Being am a former soldier,next to the expierences of a military lifestyle, i have never encountered a more diciplined and focused group of people ! I sulute you all and wish to express my gratitude for the weel wishes and responsibilities that you have bestowed upon me ! I pray to GOD, that i we’ll always be able to perform my duties to the uppper most level of professional committment.

Your’s Most Respectively,

Ruben B. Aridge – LCD/MMB

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By: Anonymous http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/05/recognizing-epas-extraordinary-team-of-public-servants/#comment-24736 Wed, 08 May 2013 18:20:42 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=19376#comment-24736 It’s always nice to be recognized, but this gives me some cognitive dissonance. First we are furloughed, and then we are told that we are extraordinary workers. The furlough sends a strong and unflattering message to the public regarding the usefulness of EPA employees. Thank you for the compliment though. We can use whatever praise we can get.

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