It does, of course, beg the question of where exactly the budget authority comes from for one cabinet member to simply fiat that their workforce is back in play. I suspect a lot of people think it’s all just imaginary bookkeeping trickery at any rate, the shutdown, the debt ceiling, Obamacare, Social Security, the IRS, all of it. And stunts like this certainly don’t help. Ah well.
For my part, I’ve had about all I can take of sequestration and continuing resolutions and contract option year funding &c. &c. &c. I spent most of last week fantasizing about politely sidestepping out of the way of the barrage of outrageous slings and arrows inherent to government contracting (and possibly doing a little bit more than merely fantasizing about it). Of course I neither want to jinx anything which may or may not be in the offing, nor tempt fate for a brutal comeuppance by finally proving that my job-preserving blogonymity is in fact not as foolproof as I had hoped. So I will simply leave it at that, with my frustration and thorough over-it-ness self-evident. But stay tuned for potential updates.