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New Public Debt jobs put on hold

Could be up to six years

January 4, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The 450 jobs to be brought to the Bureau of the Public Debt in Parkersburg have been put on hold for at least the next six years, officials in Maryland announced Thursday....

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slingblade

Jan-04-13 12:29 AM

So weird these government jobs...politicians making back room deals, jockeying for political position on these 450 jobs for their community and state. What ever happened to people figuring out something and making heir own job, or working for somebody who did...anyway...it sounds more like 450 people will be moving from PG county in maryland to pburg...if that is the case, it is probably a blessing in disguise these people are being delayed moving to pburg, if you know what PG county maryland is like.

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grinandbearit

Jan-04-13 7:06 AM

If you read between the lines,which you always have to do with quotes from politicians,it sounds like Parkersburg's current jobs are somewhat in danger of being lost,

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miked270

Jan-04-13 7:11 AM

This announcement should absolutely infuriate anyone who reads it. I'm not just talking about the people in Parkersburg who were excited about the fact that there were 450 jobs headed their way, most of which would have been filled by the people living in or around Parkersburg because the majority of workers in PG county refuse to relocate here. I'm talking about every US citizen who pays taxes. The decision was made by the Treasury Department's Management to move these jobs for increased operational efficiency, lower cost of doing business, and increased synergies between the agencies being consolidated which results in better quality work being done cheaper. All of this would have resulted in less tax dollars being spent on a given output of production that is needed. Now, because we have a few politicians crying about the fact that they are losing jobs in their area we are going to drag the whole thing out by putting it on hold. This is why our country's finances are horrendous.

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miked270

Jan-04-13 7:14 AM

Another thing . . . turn this whole thing around and assume we were told 450 jobs were moving from Parkersburg to Maryland. Manchin, Rockefellar, McKinley, and every other politician that has anything to do with WV could have talked, pleaded, and begged until they were blue in the face, and it would have made no difference, I'm sure. This decision is insane and based on ZERO merit.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 7:25 AM

Grinandbearit is correct. The Bureau of Public Debt has already proposed to move the 1850 jobs from here back to Maryland. Moving the 450 people here was intended to be a way to block that from happening. It is a very real possibility that within the next five years all BPD functions here will be moved back to MD. With Senator Byrd gone and Rockefeller retiring we have lost our power to influence these decisions.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 7:31 AM

The official press releases can be found at w w w dot donnaedwards dot house dot gov

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rightminded

Jan-04-13 7:43 AM

Things don't look good for the BPD. Hold on for the next big economical hit to the area.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 8:48 AM

Congresswoman Edwards is absolutely going to continue to be involved in this issue,” Ben Gerdes, spokesman for Edwards, “I can tell you that Congresswoman Edwards continues to fight to ensure that the interests of the 450 workers from Hyattsville are protected.”

The 450 positions moving to West Virginia would help to avert the relocation back to Maryland of an additional 1,850 Treasury jobs from the Bureau of Public Debt (BPD), a sub-agency already relocated there. Those jobs were in danger of being shifted back to Maryland after the department proposed a consolidation of the BPD and the FMS into one organization called the Fiscal Service. The consolidation could save the agency $96 million over the next five years.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 8:51 AM

I suppose you can contact Mr. Gerdes for confirmation. I am merely quoting what the releases from Congresswoman Edwards' office state.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 11:16 AM

'Savings' means nothing to Barack Obama. What he remembers is that in the primaries 43% of W.Va. democrats voted for Keith Judd, a Texas inmate, while Obama carried Prince Georges County with over 90% of the vote. It has nothing to do with 'making sense', it has everything to do with politics.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 11:17 AM

@GoldnBlue: Just guessing, you're a GS-15, maybe on Step 10, right?

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Pcchix

Jan-04-13 11:17 AM

Geezer - please tell us where you are getting your information. I have read the releases and see nothing about PBD moving to Maryland and there is no sub-agency already located there.

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Geezer

Jan-04-13 12:01 PM

Go to www dot afro dot com and do a search on the term 'fms'. This will bring up a link to the article in which Mr Gerdes makes the statements I quoted.

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IHeartWVA

Jan-04-13 12:33 PM

What people never understood is that Parkersburg was never going to get 450 new jobs nor was that ever the intention. Rather, the threat of relocating to WV from MD was/is simply that, knowing full and well that very few people would make the move. The result is the loss of full time jobs. That is and always has been the intention. No offense to WV or its residents, but look at the American Legislative Exchange Council website and you can see that WV is ranked dead last in the U.S. in education. Things like that matter to families. WV is also ranked second to last in income so low property values are the result of a poor economy, not an enticing perk. Over 16 million people visit D.C. every year. You pay a premium for a culture of diversity, world-renowned restaurants, Broadway plays, museums, recreation, top-ranked schools in the suburbs, and a plethora of jobs that attract some of the highest educated and skilled workforce in the country.

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IHeartWVA

Jan-04-13 12:33 PM

. I love WV and it is right for me and my family. However, I am not blind to the advantages of a thriving big city like D.C. Instead of insulting those who do not want to uproot their lives to a relatively desolate part of the country, try to wrap your head around the fact they would use the power of the people to pressure their elected officials to preserve that quality of life.

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pkrsbrgh

Jan-04-13 1:18 PM

well said, iheartwva

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wildbill

Jan-04-13 1:38 PM

Yeah, that's all we need is more arrogant Federal Government workers living in the area. Maryland can keep them, we already have enough thank you.

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Pcchix

Jan-04-13 2:07 PM

If they are so much smarter than us in Maryland, maybe the representatives should get the name right. It is not Federal Management Services - it is Financial Management Services. Even arrogant federal government workers living in this area know that.

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Shante

Jan-04-13 2:51 PM

Anyone who seems to think this isn't a great example of gov't bureaucracy is totally displaced from Government Services. The level of workload, the years of expertise, the purpose, functions and KEY procedures, of the Financial Management Services(FMS), Department of the Treasury is irreplaceable and is everything but redundant with The Bureau of the Public Debt(BPD). These organizations share similar goals, but functions are not redundant!!! FMS FUNCTIONS drive the ENTIRE UNITED STATES FISCAL STRUCTURE; the policies, the accounting systems, and every inch of the operating procedures effect how easily you as a constituent recieve government aide, congress views the fiscal status of the government etc. Employees have an average 20 yrs of experience! That speaks EXCELLENCE about an organization. FMS' IT division supports over 60,000 users and BPD supports round 5,000. Every since this decision to relocate, key functions have suffered behind the scenes, and nothing but GODS saving grace

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slingblade

Jan-04-13 3:01 PM

I was born, raised, and educated in WV...been living in the DC/Baltimore area for 10 years now...I wish I was able to come back home..fyi..I avoid PG county as much as possible..I actually laugh when I imagine somebody from PG county living in Pburg...I dont think they would be happy nor would they fit in too well...no offense either way.

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slingblade

Jan-04-13 3:05 PM

The proximity to DC and government jobs and government based contract jobs is the ONLY reason Maryland has $...the Maryland democrats (Which are different from WV democrats) completely run this state...if you could move MD to the mid-west somewhere..it would be a disaster of a state. Our governor is a underhanded crook and he has his sights set on the presidency in 2016...PLEASE do not vote for O'Malley (or in maryland we call him OWE'Malley with his tax plans he jams down our necks in special legislative sessions).

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Pcchix

Jan-04-13 3:13 PM

Shante - SERIOUSLY???? Come work from the other side for a while and see what really happens.

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marvin

Jan-04-13 4:30 PM

Worked on the PBD when it was built in the early 70s,Ike Cunningham was ironworker forman who hung the steel,lots of local men made a pay check there. Have worked there later on remodel also.Seen alot of local people make a good career there that wouldn't had a chance if not for BPD.Bad mouthing the place doesn't help nothing.If you can't say something good SHUT UP

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marvin

Jan-04-13 6:21 PM

lights out- 4 the better, what ever SHUT UP an drive your delivery truck.

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IFHPED

Jan-04-13 6:30 PM

@LightsOut: I love it here. I have a decent job, don't have to commute, don't have to drive in 100 lanes of traffic, crime/drug rate is lower, cost of living is lower, it's pretty here--I walk out of my office and hear birds singing, in summer gardens and flowers abound. I wouldn't want to live anywhere but here.

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