On his Lean Manufacturing Blog, Mark's post on "Nonessential Workers" links to an interesting Boston Globe article. The mayor of New Orleans plans on cutting 3,000 nonessential workers from the city payroll. I agree with Mark, it is insulting to be called nonessential but what do you expect in dealing with the government.
But what about Former President Bill Clinton's suggestion to move relief specialist out of Washington DC and into the storm area to speed things up. I salute you, Mr President, for your Go to the GEMBA approach!