Some people live life and do not achieve their dreams. I consider myself lucky to have lived mine. Most of us go to jobs we hate that are merely a means to an end. I consider myself fortunate to have served my country that I love. The job that I performed each and every day up till a recent change is reuniting families. Currently, I am working vocational cases and placing underpaid IT people just doesn't carry the same good feeling.
On September 30 my job and that of 1200 other people will be eliminated. The numbers do not include people who reluctantly took other jobs to avoid the axe. The numbers do not include people who took permanent lower skill permanent jobs at DHS to remain employed. A close friend moved his family 3000 miles and took a permanent job with no potential of a raise to stay with DHS.
Employees at DHS were hired on a term basis and they serve up to four years. The security screening takes more then a year. If you get an incompetent investigator you are screwed. I had a lousy investegator who insisted she come to my current job.
The employer fired me and claimed cause and I had to wait five months to get unemployment checks. The delays in hiring due to the negligent investigator caused
me to lose seniority that would have allowed me to take the tests for permanent jobs. The delays also caused lasting damage in that I did not recieve training that would allow me to serve in my community and make valuable contacts. Moreover, when I apply for a new job I an a nine and have little or no chance against 11 and twelves and unemployed lawyers.
There is a slight chance that my job could be saved as there was a plan that those people who did not serve their full four year term would be extended until their four years were fulfilled. At that time I would be a twelve and be able to compette without the damage caused by OPM errors. Sadly the office would be in an all or nothing situation and most of the people who would be extended would be extended for
months. This would be silly and impractical and there are only 300 slots being considered, If it were done on an individual basis I would have an excellent chance of getting a slot. However, government and common sense should never be used in the same sentence. The reality is I have a better chance of playing center for the Knicks
then continuing the job I love.
Where is my union? The union has zero power to help term employees. Where is Senator Leahy and Jeffords? Out to lunch. Where is Rep Bernie Sanders? Hamming it up on the campaign or at a mixer at a University nearby. Allegedly the only help came from Senator Kennedy who thinks it is an outrage to let go of experienced help with high backlogs and new programs on the way.
Do not feel sorry for me as I did live my dream. I changed lives and in the end I can point to thousands of reunited families. Other then AOW or those of you are parents not many can say they have improved lives for the better.
I plan on returning to my beloved NYC and my family. I may take a month to go to Israel and volunteer. If I do go this blog will be very interesting. Exasperated coworkers said to me Beakerkin you have survived being blown up twice aren't you pushing your luck. My response is I may as well try for a hat trick. I will be leaving with one months pay but I will talk this over with my loved ones.