Sequester-ravaged federal government: We're hiring!

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday March 06th, 2013

By DAN CALABRESE - Penny pinchers.

One of the available jobs is pressing coins at the Mint. Of course. If you have skills in the money-printing field, you can probably find work in Washington these days. But it doesn't stop there. Office receptionist at the IRS? Recreational aide with the Parks Service? The federal government posted 400 new openings on Monday alone - the first business day under the ravages of the dreaded sequester. Austerity, eh? There's opportunity aplenty as long as you're not doing something that gets the attention of the media, like conducting White House tours or preventing detained illegal immigrants from escaping. Although, if you're available to help with deportations, there may well be a place for you.

The Washington Times:

Part of the problem is it’s often unclear exactly what those core missions are, said Paul C. Light, a professor at New York University who has studied government organization extensively.

“When you say mission critical, it’s a phrase without meaning,” he said. “Everything’s mission critical. Therefore, we have no way of knowing what would be mission critical in a job description versus what is not.”

He said agencies become “very artful” in writing job descriptions to justify why they are hiring.

At the Homeland Security Department, which just days ago announced it was releasing some low-priority illegal immigrants from jails to await removal, the agency in charge of deportations advertised for an assistant to help with deportations.

The annual salary for the job is $60,765, enough to detain one immigrant for about 500 days.

I wonder if there are jobs available for people who can just sit around and make sure the sequestered funds don't get spent? You would need some sort of financial degree for that, right? Or at least two eyes? If you're unemployed and you want something fairly low-pressure, you might want to look into that one.

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