Coburn to AWOL Government Workers: Get Back to Work!

As if we needed yet another report to tell us that the red-tape laden government bureaucracy was inefficient (shocker…I know), Dr. Coburn’s office has just released a new report with some startling facts.

The report, titled “Missing in Action: AWOL in the Federal Government” notes that:

• Since 2001, federal employees at 18 departments and agencies were absent without leave (AWOL) at least 19.6 million hours.

• Annual AWOL hours in 2007 were 45% higher than in 2001.

• Since 2001, nearly 300,000 federal employees have been AWOL for some period of time.

• Since 2001, the government has lost at least 9,410 years of work from AWOL employees.

• Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs were AWOL 19 times more often than employees at the Department of Defense.

• The Departments of Veterans Affairs and the Treasury – the two worst offenders – accounted for 61% of all AWOL hours between 2001-2007.

• Between 2001 and 2007, 13 of 18 agencies either saw an increase in annual AWOL totals or remained at approximately the same level as before, despite overall decreases in the aggregate number of employees.

So, what does this mean for the rest of us hard-working, taxpaying Americans? Well, because of the government union strangle hold and the virtual impossible task of being fired from the federal government, the loss of productivity costs us about $7-$10 billion a year.

And just think…if Obama becomes president things will change, that number will DOUBLE!

But, not to worry, ATR is soon launching the new Center for Fiscal Accountability to monitor such actions.