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A bolster (etymology: Middle English, derived from Old English, and before that the Germanic word bulgstraz his case for a broad overhaul of the Pentagon's personnel system, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that the current civil-service structure severely hampers efforts to recruit and retain talented young workers.
"Some would say [the system] is broken," he said during a June briefing at the National Press Club.
Rumsfeld was responding to a Brookings Institute survey of 1,002 graduating college seniors that found many of those students would avoid government jobs, because the hiring process is cumbersome cum·ber·some
1. Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk. See Synonyms at heavy.
2. Troublesome or onerous.
cum and lengthy.
Rumsfeld said the Defense Department is ill equipped to compete with corporate recruiters who can offer students jobs, tell them what the bonuses are and when and where they can start. The government can only offer paperwork and "a promise to get back to them" in three to five months, he added.
At Rumsfeld's urging, the Bush administration has asked Congress to transform the civil service system and is proposing the creation of a new national security personnel system to manage the Pentagon's nearly 700,000 civilian employees.
Labor unions labor union: see union, labor. and other advocacy groups claim that doing away with decades-old civil service rules could undermine public employees by taking away workers' rights and making the system more vulnerable to cronyism Cronyism
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Rumsfeld dismissed the criticism. Further, he stressed that reform is essential to the Pentagon's efforts to become more efficient by outsourcing (1) Contracting with outside consultants, software houses or service bureaus to perform systems analysis, programming and datacenter operations. Contrast with insourcing. See netsourcing, ASP, SSP and facilities management. to contractors many civilian jobs that today are performed by military personnel.
Approximately 320,000 civilian tasks today are performed by military service members, Rumsfeld said. "We are wasting the skills of military personnel on tasks civilian workers could handle."
Civil service regulations also have stymied efforts to prosecute To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial. fraud; most notably credit card abuse. The government can garnish garnish v. to obtain a court order directing a party holding funds (such as a bank) or about to pay wages (such as an employer) to an alleged debtor to set that money aside until the court determines (decides) how much the debtor owes to the creditor. the wages of uniformed personnel in order to collect on credit card abuse. But it can't do so with civilian workers.