Originally Posted by HaHa
Lucky for him that he works for the government. I hope it is not my government. IMO, these retired-on-the-clock guys should be fired, all of them, the sooner the better.
OK, Mikey, I left my writing subject to over-interpretation. My bad.
My point is that he doesn't have his ego wrapped up in his office. He's a GS-12 supervising the execution of the govt contracts at a military training command, but that's not "who he is". He has a life with his family, he surfs, he coaches a lot of kid's sports, and he works efficiently instead of spending 50-hour weeks schmoozing with the staffs. He's not retired on the clock. He's also not going to night school for an advanced degree to boost his pay, maneuvering to take over more turf, politicking for a GS-13 position, or otherwise trying to achieve world dominance through the civil-service system. He just does his job. Every time I nominated him for an award he'd get all embarrassed on me and ask me to cut it out.
He's been doing his job for about 15 years and he essentially has it wired, but he's also one of those rare supervisors who's respected & liked by both sides of the contract. He works very hard at work to make sure that work doesn't interfere with life, and everyone else around him is very happy that he doesn't create more BS than he dispenses with...
If the civil service system wanted people to leave sooner, they wouldn't make it so hard to vest the pension & medical benefits. Kinda like having to stick around on active duty for 20 years just to vest... unintended consequences have to be expected.