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# Firing Civil Service employee

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10 May 2006, 09:24
In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to \$100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.
It can be properly inferred on the basis of the statements above that the author believes which of the following?

I. Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers.
II. More government workers should be fired.
III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees.

(A) I only
(B) I and III only
(C) II only
(D) I, II, and III
(E) III only

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10 May 2006, 10:14
Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf
So B for me
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10 May 2006, 10:18
Go with B...

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10 May 2006, 10:19
Go with B...

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10 May 2006, 10:24
Yes it is B

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10 May 2006, 10:34
I will go with (A)

Quote:
In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to \$100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf

explains I is correct.

but for choice II and III there seems no supporting statement.

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10 May 2006, 11:14
capri wrote:
I will go with (A)

Quote:
In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to \$100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf

explains I is correct.

but for choice II and III there seems no supporting statement.

yup...I choose B but OA was A.
capri, can u explain it more clearly?

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10 May 2006, 12:45
This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.

I took this as a statement supporting statement III and chose B.

My argument was that if the author has mentioned that the loafing of civil service officers is "in large part" responsible for the govt inefficiency, then it implies an assumption that a large part of the govt workers comprise of civil service officers.

However, I realize now that it may not be so. The number of civil service officers may not be a reflection of their importance in government functioning. Good one capri!

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10 May 2006, 20:30
Late..........but i would have gone for A.

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10 May 2006, 20:42
I also wavered between A and B. At last B can be eliminated because we cannot infer that MOST employees are civil service workers based solely on the statements. "so inefficient" does not necessarily mean that most employees are unproductive, or hence, civil service employees.

At last (A) stands.

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11 May 2006, 03:04

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12 May 2006, 01:55
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Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 2:04 am Post subject:

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I remember seeing this before

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=27806

Initially I had picked B too. It looked very obvious to me. but after remgeo's explanation I am going with the OA. Wonder how do we tackle such deceiving GMAT questions
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