Firing poor performers: Federal Times wants to hear from you


Everybody’s heard the urban legend that it’s impossible to fire a government worker, but Federal Times wants to take a closer look at the federal firing process and find out what’s really going on. And to do that, we’d like to hear from you. Are you a manager who has found it impossible to get rid of the one bad apple in your office who can’t — or won’t — improve? Or has your agency backed you up when you needed to terminate someone for disciplinary reasons or poor performance? On the other hand, are you an employee who lost your job with the government, or did you successfully fight an attempt to remove you? What, if anything, should be done to improve the process?

E-mail me at if you’d like to talk. If you’d prefer that your name not be published, that’s fine by me.

On another subject, I’m also interested in talking to Border Patrol agents and instructors at the Artesia, N.M. training academy about the agency’s massive hiring wave over the last few years. Are the agents hired since 2006 of the same caliber as recruits hired in the past? Has quality of new agents suffered as the agency tried to double its ranks in a few short years? Were you a recruit who decided that a career with the Border Patrol wasn’t for you, and if so, why?


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  2. There needs to be a forum regarding firing poor supervisors.

    All to often, employees are terrorized and saddled with the worst of the worst, while management refuses to acknowledge they promoted or hired the wrong person for the job.

  3. I’ve worked for the gov in the US Army and VA Hospital 27 years all together. Through the years in the VA there have been plenty of workers that do their job sure, but are hell to work with. They constantly run down the staff, gov in general. We are sick of it but cannot do a thing. People have been written up a few times and nothing happens. We always have to just put up with these people or leave and a few have left. Good valuable people. Don’t use my name. Thanks

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