October 2, 2013

A Shutdown DREAM


The E-Verify work authorization program went dark Monday, becoming another casualty of the federal government shutdown.
While it is offline, employers won’t be able to enroll in the free online program or use it to verify whether newly hired employees are eligible to work in the U.S.
My husband's company uses E-Verify.  His HR department is now scrambling to figure out if they can legally hire during the shutdown - and what risks there may be in hiring someone, training them, and then having to un-hire them in the coming days or weeks.  Currently everyone has been asked to hold off on any hires that hadn't already cleared the system. 

I can't quit giggling.  The Denali Commission, whose own Inpsector General says is a boondoggle, is still at full strength, but we can't staff a skeleton crew to keep a computer database system online.  The 'Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (Department of the Treasury)' is still in the office, but you can't visit the George W. Bush Library - which really confuses me because they charge admission.

Wouldn't it be fun if everyone got fired, and then the general public decided which functions of the government were critical and important, and we re-staffed those functions based on popular demand?

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

"Wouldn't it be fun if everyone got fired..."

Starting with congress.