Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sequestration Step Number One

I was sitting at the office today (deep in the belly of the Pentagon), and this odd email came from my boss.  From the headquarters element, which shall remain nameless....they'd sent a two-day tasker (something that just never happens).

Basically, they had a listing of every shop, and the billets attached to their shop....and they wanted to know how you spent your time.  You basically admitted that you had five or six major functions, and how these added up.

After a minute, you came to realize that this was a sequestration-play.  The bosses have come to admit that they probably don't know what everyone does, and if the game is to cut five percent or ten percent of the billets....they need to figure out what gets cut in the end.

It's something that they probably should have done four months ago....so the value of this quick view and quick decision making....will mean that some bad decisions will be made and rationally accepted in the end.

As much as some idiot might stand and say no one is to prepare for sequestration....the truth is that this is step one and within four weeks....a list of functions and unnecessary billets will be developed.  It's likely to stay secret for a week....maybe even two weeks....but eventually, it will come to be public knowledge and then this whole mess turns nasty.  With ninety days left until 2 January, it's likely to be a really heated problem by Thanksgiving.

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