Senior Executives Association

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Senior Executives Association (SEA) is the professional association for career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and equivalent positions. SEA is not only the voice of the SES through a strong advocacy program, it empowers senior leaders across government by providing the tools, resources and connections they need to succeed in the 21st century.

SEA's membership spans across government agencies, missions and functions, giving SEA a unique whole of government perspective and the ability to connect to the skills, tools and people (both public and private sectors) that senior leaders need. SEA members receive access to research and news, strategic networks, and connections to the good practices across government that they may not receive on the job.

Above all else, SEA is guided by dedication to public service and to helping career federal leaders better serve the American people.


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Valdez: Shutdown Over for the Moment, but the Damage is Already Done

Washington, D.C. – Following news that the U.S. Senate had agreed to a short-term funding measure that will reopen the federal government through February 8th – the fourth short-term continuing resolution passed since the beginning of the Fiscal Year in October – Senior Executives President Bill Valdez released the following statement.

Washington, D.C. – Following news that the U.S. Senate had agreed to a short-term funding measure that will reopen the federal government through February 8th – the fourth short-term continuing resolution passed since the beginning of the Fiscal Year in October – Senior Executives President Bill Valdez released the following statement.

“The latest government shutdown might be winding down – for the moment – but the damage has already been done to the American economy, public views of the federal government, and the ability of career civil servants to deliver on the important missions they undertake on behalf of US taxpayers.

“The most recent Gallup poll about attitudes toward the federal government concluded: ‘the federal government maintains the lowest positive rating of any of the 25 business or industry sectors tested in the August survey, ranking slightly below the pharmaceutical industry's 33%.’  Imagine what those poll numbers will be in the wake of the most recent government shutdown.

“Congress has one primary job, according to the U.S. Constitution, to manage the power of the purse. Congress has only accomplished this job within the rules it set for itself a handful of times in the past 45 years. Meanwhile, elected representatives who claim to desire an “effective and efficient” federal government have done absolutely nothing to provide the budgetary certainty which is an essential predicate for good government. The real accountability problem in Washington lies with our elected leaders, not hard-working civil servants who go to work every day with a desire to serve their fellow Americans and to make America great.

“The continuous stream of continuing resolutions creates constant budget instability within agencies and wreaks havoc on the abilities of federal managers to carry out their missions.

“Throwing a wrench into the running engine of government is not only embarrassing and inefficient, it is wasteful. The last government shutdown is estimated to have cost American taxpayers $24 billion. With 2-3 percent GDP growth representing ideal growth, the last shutdown singlehandedly shaved .6 percent off the quarterly GDP and ensured 120,000 fewer jobs were available to Americans in the private sector.

“When this debate concludes and the government resumes its business, some members of Congress will no doubt feel compelled to once again take up legislative arms against federal employees. But let us recall that it was Congressional inaction that led to this predicament, not the actions of the hundreds of thousands of civil servants who are sitting at home, instead of at their desks, due to petty partisan brinkmanship.”

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