Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?
The federal government's human resources (HR) community is like the proverbial shoemaker's children -- they're busy helping others in government address workforce needs while their own workforce languishes.
Given the current budget and deficit crisis, government needs to find savings fast and in large sums. A good place to start is to cut off all franchise and working capital funds. Put the money back in the programs they were appropriated to support.
Very few private sector companies or government agencies have weathered the recession as well as the Office of Personnel Management, thanks to a business model built on conflict of interest, lack of accountability and anti-competitive practices.