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New Public Debt jobs put on hold

Could be up to six years

January 4, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The 450 jobs to be brought to the Bureau of the Public Debt in Parkersburg have been put on hold for at least the next six years, officials in Maryland announced Thursday....

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Jan-09-13 8:43 AM

It has been the prayers of God people that has delayed this move and will stop the move. I don't believe one group of people should have to suffer for another group of people to prosper in this world. Both sides can merge and reduce the expense of operations. The succeded in reduceing the workforce at FMS. BPD can grow with their expansion into share services with out government agencies as well as the private sector. No one should have to make a choice between there family or there jobs.

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Jan-05-13 4:30 PM

Marvin, you may want to reconsider you references of people such as Ike Cunningham. A man that was convicted of murder from the result of an arson for hire scheme.

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Jan-05-13 4:18 PM

I sincerely believe since we have lost senator Byrd. We will no longer see the creation of federal jobs in our state, and possibly the exodus of current federal jobs.

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Jan-04-13 10:52 PM

public debt employees are a great part of the mid ohio valley. without them there would be rumbleweeds downtown. Maybe we could strike a deal. Trade Maryland Newell and get the new 450 jobs?

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Jan-04-13 9:36 PM

did pub debt workers ever pay the user fee? $2.50 times 450 could raise Bob's budget for 2014!

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Jan-04-13 8:15 PM

Marvin; The great IKE,that ones rich,Got everything he had by threat and intimidation,one FINE role model. Look at Sharon today,without a wig,thanks to that GREAT hero.Workers work,jobs are jobs,for however long they last.Guess we didn't get it,politics and lobbying goes farther than common sense in this day.

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Jan-04-13 6:30 PM

@LightsOut: I love it here. I have a decent job, don't have to commute, don't have to drive in 100 lanes of traffic, crime/drug rate is lower, cost of living is lower, it's pretty here--I walk out of my office and hear birds singing, in summer gardens and flowers abound. I wouldn't want to live anywhere but here.

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Jan-04-13 6:21 PM

lights out- 4 the better, what ever SHUT UP an drive your delivery truck.

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Jan-04-13 4:30 PM

Worked on the PBD when it was built in the early 70s,Ike Cunningham was ironworker forman who hung the steel,lots of local men made a pay check there. Have worked there later on remodel also.Seen alot of local people make a good career there that wouldn't had a chance if not for BPD.Bad mouthing the place doesn't help nothing.If you can't say something good SHUT UP

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Jan-04-13 3:13 PM

Shante - SERIOUSLY???? Come work from the other side for a while and see what really happens.

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Jan-04-13 3:05 PM

The proximity to DC and government jobs and government based contract jobs is the ONLY reason Maryland has $...the Maryland democrats (Which are different from WV democrats) completely run this state...if you could move MD to the mid-west would be a disaster of a state. Our governor is a underhanded crook and he has his sights set on the presidency in 2016...PLEASE do not vote for O'Malley (or in maryland we call him OWE'Malley with his tax plans he jams down our necks in special legislative sessions).

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Jan-04-13 3:01 PM

I was born, raised, and educated in WV...been living in the DC/Baltimore area for 10 years now...I wish I was able to come back avoid PG county as much as possible..I actually laugh when I imagine somebody from PG county living in Pburg...I dont think they would be happy nor would they fit in too offense either way.

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Jan-04-13 2:51 PM

Anyone who seems to think this isn't a great example of gov't bureaucracy is totally displaced from Government Services. The level of workload, the years of expertise, the purpose, functions and KEY procedures, of the Financial Management Services(FMS), Department of the Treasury is irreplaceable and is everything but redundant with The Bureau of the Public Debt(BPD). These organizations share similar goals, but functions are not redundant!!! FMS FUNCTIONS drive the ENTIRE UNITED STATES FISCAL STRUCTURE; the policies, the accounting systems, and every inch of the operating procedures effect how easily you as a constituent recieve government aide, congress views the fiscal status of the government etc. Employees have an average 20 yrs of experience! That speaks EXCELLENCE about an organization. FMS' IT division supports over 60,000 users and BPD supports round 5,000. Every since this decision to relocate, key functions have suffered behind the scenes, and nothing but GODS saving grace

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Jan-04-13 2:07 PM

If they are so much smarter than us in Maryland, maybe the representatives should get the name right. It is not Federal Management Services - it is Financial Management Services. Even arrogant federal government workers living in this area know that.

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Jan-04-13 1:38 PM

Yeah, that's all we need is more arrogant Federal Government workers living in the area. Maryland can keep them, we already have enough thank you.

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Jan-04-13 1:18 PM

well said, iheartwva

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Jan-04-13 12:33 PM

. I love WV and it is right for me and my family. However, I am not blind to the advantages of a thriving big city like D.C. Instead of insulting those who do not want to uproot their lives to a relatively desolate part of the country, try to wrap your head around the fact they would use the power of the people to pressure their elected officials to preserve that quality of life.

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Jan-04-13 12:33 PM

What people never understood is that Parkersburg was never going to get 450 new jobs nor was that ever the intention. Rather, the threat of relocating to WV from MD was/is simply that, knowing full and well that very few people would make the move. The result is the loss of full time jobs. That is and always has been the intention. No offense to WV or its residents, but look at the American Legislative Exchange Council website and you can see that WV is ranked dead last in the U.S. in education. Things like that matter to families. WV is also ranked second to last in income so low property values are the result of a poor economy, not an enticing perk. Over 16 million people visit D.C. every year. You pay a premium for a culture of diversity, world-renowned restaurants, Broadway plays, museums, recreation, top-ranked schools in the suburbs, and a plethora of jobs that attract some of the highest educated and skilled workforce in the country.

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Jan-04-13 12:01 PM

Go to www dot afro dot com and do a search on the term 'fms'. This will bring up a link to the article in which Mr Gerdes makes the statements I quoted.

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Jan-04-13 11:17 AM

Geezer - please tell us where you are getting your information. I have read the releases and see nothing about PBD moving to Maryland and there is no sub-agency already located there.

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Jan-04-13 11:17 AM

@GoldnBlue: Just guessing, you're a GS-15, maybe on Step 10, right?

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Jan-04-13 11:16 AM

'Savings' means nothing to Barack Obama. What he remembers is that in the primaries 43% of W.Va. democrats voted for Keith Judd, a Texas inmate, while Obama carried Prince Georges County with over 90% of the vote. It has nothing to do with 'making sense', it has everything to do with politics.

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Jan-04-13 8:51 AM

I suppose you can contact Mr. Gerdes for confirmation. I am merely quoting what the releases from Congresswoman Edwards' office state.

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Jan-04-13 8:48 AM

Congresswoman Edwards is absolutely going to continue to be involved in this issue,” Ben Gerdes, spokesman for Edwards, “I can tell you that Congresswoman Edwards continues to fight to ensure that the interests of the 450 workers from Hyattsville are protected.”

The 450 positions moving to West Virginia would help to avert the relocation back to Maryland of an additional 1,850 Treasury jobs from the Bureau of Public Debt (BPD), a sub-agency already relocated there. Those jobs were in danger of being shifted back to Maryland after the department proposed a consolidation of the BPD and the FMS into one organization called the Fiscal Service. The consolidation could save the agency $96 million over the next five years.

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Jan-04-13 7:43 AM

Things don't look good for the BPD. Hold on for the next big economical hit to the area.

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