Making the federal government operate efficiently and effectively should not be a partisan goal. In government or business, you are only as good as the workers you employ and we need the best talent serving our country – working to make sure our food is safe, regulate our financial markets, defend our nation domestically and abroad, and administer critical programs like Social Security and Medicare, among countless other important jobs.
Equipping our civil servants to succeed
Congressman Sarbanes is committed to putting in place the policies that help our dedicated federal workers to succeed. In this increasingly complicated and face-paced world, we cannot afford to have a second tier civil service.
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 – authored by Congressman Sarbanes – is about good government. The law has already increased cost efficiencies by reducing the need for office space, improved continuity of operations in the case of an emergency, and reduced the environmental impact of commuters. Just as important, the law has improved the quality of life for thousands federal workers, enabling hard working civil servants to have a better work/life balance and enhancing recruitment and retention efforts.
Public Service Caucus
Congressman Sarbanes is privileged to serve as the co-chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Public Service Caucus – a Member organization committed to supporting our federal workforce and ensuring that government functions effectively and efficiently.
This role has given the Congressman the opportunity to help shape initiatives improving pay, earned benefits, and other workplace rights for those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of our government.
Common sense procurement reform
Congressman Sarbanes has also authored the CLEAN-UP Act to make a number of common-sense reforms to the federal contracting process. Over the last decade, the federal government has been much too quick to outsource many of government’s most basic functions to the private sector. This has negatively impacted government services from national defense and border security to the collection of taxes and the stewardship of our public lands.
The CLEAN-UP Act seeks to make government procurement more effective by establishing a uniform, government-wide standard for government work, distinguishing between the functions which can and must be done by our civil servants and those functions that may be done competently by the private sector.
Defending against attacks on our federal workforce
Congressman Sarbanes is a strong supporter of America’s federal workers, many of whom reside in Maryland, and has opposed House Republicans’ political assault on federal employee pay and benefits. He was proud to join several of his colleagues in calling on President Obama to ensure negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” did not disproportionately impact the federal workforce. Since 2011, federal employees have been asked to contribute more than $103 billion to deficit reduction – more than their fair share.
Congressman Sarbanes recognizes that we will have to make difficult choices between competing priorities but, in making these choices, he believes we must be careful not to compromise the core values that have sustained American progress over the course of our history. It is critical that we continue to support those who have dedicated their careers to public service and that we strive to inspire the next generation of Americans to serve.