The World Of Pretend!!

Homeland security been watching a office where 5 suspected terrorists work. Four of the five have been apprehended: Bin Sleeping, Bin Loafing, Bin Gossiping, and Bin Surfing. They have been unable to track down the fifth member, Bin Working. Homeland is confident that anyone who looks like Bin Working will be very easy to spot. They thought they saw Bin Working, but it was actually Bin Surfing trying to impersonate Bin Working.


When I worked for the DOD, I was stunned at the number of people who I saw just messing around and not doing their jobs. Most of the offenders were playing solitaire, other games, or just shooting the breeze for hours at a time.


Others would pretend to go to meetings, and who knows what they were doing? Some eventually transferred to departments where there was no time to goof off. They actually had to work.


I’m dumbfounded by the number of people who couldn’t care less about the war fighter, which is what the work is supposed to help at a maintenance depot, which is where I worked.


Toward the end of my employment there, I did end up in an office who took their work seriously. I still have much respect for them. They cared. For example, the government would hire contractors to do work that current personnel could not carry out.


The problem was, the only thing so many of the contractors were concerned with was getting signed again the following year. Did that mean doing a great job at what they were working on? Unfortunately, no.


These contractors would bring donuts and other treats. They knew that as long as they kept the man in charge happy, they would get the job the following year. There were reports called CPARS, which were supposed to monitor the contractor’s work against the scope of work outlined in the contract.


The problem was, the guy in charge could change the rating without any authority or checks and balance system. Therefore, there was a lot of corruption when it came time to rehire contracts. There was a selection committee in charge of doing just that.

The problem was, they didn’t have real data with which to work. Some leaders that were close to retirement, would give a good grade to a lousy contractor because they were hoping that contractor would hire them after their government retirement. The whole system was crazy.


I was fortunate enough to help change the entire system so the contractors had to do what they were contacted again or fired. We actually got something accomplished.

See you tomorrow.

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2 thoughts on “The World Of Pretend!!

  1. Bravo for you Jerry! We see an awful lot of goofing off too. I don’t know how people can live with themselves – not taking any pride in their work but it sure is contagious, I guess. I need the sense of accomplishment, myself.


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