Tag: federal government
Written and sent to the OCC, 5/5/2013.
This email is concerning the JPMorgan Chase "manipulative schemes" in energy markets case being reviewed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). As a government institution whose mission is to serve the people of the United States through "Ensuring a safe and sound federal banking system for all Americans", "warning of a potential crackdown" in the wake of such gross criminal activity by JPMorgan Chase is a dereliction of duty and an affront to the American people, the majority of whom ARE law-abiding citizens who play by the rules set forth by law.
If "too-big-to-fail" financial institutions can act with impunity, the American people will not only lose faith in the trustworthiness of large financial institutions, but government agencies whose mission is to regulate those institutions. Eventually, this loss of trust could result in a systemic breakdown of financial confidence by the typical American consumer.
What these Republican lawmakers do not care to understand is that environmental health is tied directly and indirectly to economic health. If, for instance, you're a big agribusiness farming company who continually damages your soil through negligence, you will lose money in the short-run, the long-run, or both. Or, if you are a utility that burns coal for electricity, it's good business practice to not poison surrounding communities of inhabitants, individuals who are also more than likely your customers.
That this issue is even being discussed, is even being questioned, owes a lot to the brilliant rhetoric and illogical basis upon which many within the Republican Party have made arguments against environmental protection. They point to the uncertainties inherent in science or they speak conspiratorially about the "liberal agenda," an agenda which has as much basis in truth as Big-foot but one that still has the effect of stirring conservative constituents into rapid political action. It is a line that liberals feel compelled to defend against instead of focusing on the issues of real importance and substance.
I asked Federal News Radio's Amy Morris about the federal government's heat wave telework policy. She looked into it and tweeted that there's no broad policy, only that, "The office manager has discretion depending on office conditions, etc." Federal News Radio has also posted a memo on the heat from the Office of Personnel Management to agency heads, which advises managers to keep employees hydrated but says nothing about teleworking.
If federal government workers were allowed to telework in the most extreme heat (say, on days when the heat index is forecast to be over 105), there would be several real benefits: