Austerity Strikes The Fed: Boston Reserve Bank Slashes 160 Jobs Due To US Treasury Cost-Cutting

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As The Fed tapers and shifts its decision-making process away from rules-based, model-backed strategies in favor of "we'll know when to tighten when we see it" qualitative hand-waving, it seems the need to maintain teams of PhDs - to mutually masturbate over the historical back-fitted effectiveness of their models - is lacking. As The Boston Globe reports, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will cut nearly 15% of its workforce - around 160 jobs - in the largest layoff in over a decade... “It’s obviously a tough decision for us and the folks who are here,” Lavelle said. “It’s really about cost and efficiency.” Austerity strikes... (as it turns out the job cuts are due to losing a key customer - The US Treasury!)


As The Boston Globe reports,

Last week bank officials informed 160 employees — an entire division — that their jobs would be eliminated because a key customer, the US Treasury Department, was cutting costs.


In an attempt to save taxpayers $117 million over the next decade, the Treasury is consolidating certain banking services that it currently spreads among 10 regional Federal Reserve banks, including Boston. In the coming years, those services will be provided by just four regional banks: Kansas City, St. Louis, Cleveland, and New York, said Thomas Lavelle, a spokesman for the Boston Fed. There are 12 regional banks in the Federal Reserve system.




The last time the Boston Fed shrunk in such a significant way was at the start of this century, when the central bank cut the number of offices that handled paper checks from 54 to one nationwide, Lavelle said.




The cuts are the result of a study completed by the Treasury on how to save money.


“The work done by the Federal Reserve on behalf of the US Treasury is critical to our nation’s economy, and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition,” a Treasury spokesman said.




Lavelle said the Boston Fed will try to find affected employees other positions at the Boston bank or other regional banks. “We’re going to treat our employees as humanely as possible."

Peak Central Banker?

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Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:10 | 4739152 williambanzai7
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Green shoots...

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:15 | 4739172 GetZeeGold
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Obamacare strikes again.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:20 | 4739187 TeamDepends
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Couldn't they shuffle at least some of these employees into 29.5 hour/week positions?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:23 | 4739194 Theosebes Goodfellow
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Can I just point out that the Federal Reserve is neither federal nor a reserve?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:28 | 4739208 GetZeeGold
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I just refer to them as the fellas.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:47 | 4739266 cowdiddly
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I just refer to them as the felons. Fixed

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:55 | 4739289 Manthong
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It not so easy making money nowadays if you are not at the top.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:01 | 4739307 TeamDepends
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Almost as if they planned it that way.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:43 | 4739464 Pure Evil
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I sure hope the Bank of Boston is no taller than two stories.


Sometimes those hard landings make a sound similar to splat.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:29 | 4739214 Cognitive Dissonance
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Won't do you any good. But go ahead if it makes you feel better.  :)

I can't tell you how many times I have told people that. It just doesn't compute, so the mind quickly rejects it. You see it happening in real time by the expressions on their face. Like they just ate bad Chinese food and it's about to be violently upchucked.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:37 | 4739235 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, it really is baffling considering the level of critical thinking that some people actually do.  I know a very esteemed cancer biologist.  Super sharp guy, but can't wrap his head around one simple concept --> "full faith and credit"

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:47 | 4739262 Cognitive Dissonance
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As I say all the time, the biggest impediment to learning something new is letting go of a whole bunch of old stuff first.

The super sharp guy you reference has a static world view and a non Federal 'Federal Reserve' with no reserves requires a whole bunch of stuff to be rethought and much to be kicked to the curb for the trash collectors.

Soooo much easier to reject that nasty little cognitive dissonance than to reconstruct their entire personal universe.

<Whew, that was close. Back to happy land we go.>

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:14 | 4739167 Headbanger
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Fucking hilarious the day after Yellen's tawk to Congress.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:15 | 4739173 Al Gorerhythm
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What? Their printing press is on the blink? 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:11 | 4739155 Shizzmoney
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"We’re going to treat our employees as humanely as possible"

They are SO fucked

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:19 | 4739184 Al Gorerhythm
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"Jump, you fuckers!"

See, we were nice. We didn't push them.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:24 | 4739200 SoilMyselfRotten
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Does the Fed also carry life insurance policies on its employees???

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:44 | 4739474 Pure Evil
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I sure hope so, I'd hate to think the taxpayers were on the hook once again.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:27 | 4739207 Fred Hayek
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Yeah, we expect that they'll only commit suicide with 6 shots from a nail gun.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:11 | 4739158 Dumpster Fire
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“We’re going to treat our employees as humanely as possible."


Fletcher: Damn you, Senator. You promised me those men would be decently treated.
Senator Lane: They were decently treated. They were decently fed and then they were decently shot.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:13 | 4739165 NoDebt
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Welcome back to reality, low-level banker-bots!  Watch that first step out the door.  It's a doosey.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:14 | 4739166 JustObserving
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Sorry, employees, we need billions for Ukraine.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:23 | 4739195 shovelhead
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Can Boston adsorb 160 unemployed vampires in one go?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:25 | 4739206 Cognitive Dissonance
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There is always work available on the third shift. :-)

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:12 | 4739355 insanelysane
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There are plenty of places for the connected govmint types; Convention Authority which holds very few conventions, Turnpike Toll Takers that were supposed to be extinct once the turnpike was paid off (and has been paid off multiple times over) so now they collect tolls to pay the toll takers, Criminal Analysis Lab (which is currently shut down due to their "best" employee, that was doing 4x more cases than any other employee, completely fabricating results, the entire Court System that is currently being investigated as the workplace of choice for the relatives of elected officials.  One party rule is wonderful.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:46 | 4739481 Pure Evil
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Maybe they can be hired to patch the leaks in the Boston Central Tunner, or more affectionaltely known as the Big Dig.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:36 | 4739211 Pee Wee
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Anything about the US treasury saving dimes is laughable.   The only thing that can be said about the fed losing jobs is "GOOD RIDDANCE!"  No sympathy for Fascists, regardless if they were "just following orders."

Those now unemployeed for taxpayer dimes could incorporate and become a bank holding company.  Legal immunity for collusion, corruption and theft is always an option, or...


Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:39 | 4739240 orez65
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President Andrew Jackson must be resuscitated!!!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:13 | 4739583 Cthonic
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Your guidebook:  Cranioklepty: grave robbing and the search for genius ...

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:38 | 4739241 LawsofPhysics
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Audit first, then end.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:30 | 4739217 Seasmoke
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Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:34 | 4739226 wmbz
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Just means more money for the punks at the top.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:34 | 4739231 LawsofPhysics
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Good,it's about time bankers did some actual fucking work for a change.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:09 | 4739347 Matt
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if 160 is 15% , that means there are around 1000 Federal Reserve employees, just in Boston. There are 24 regional branches, so approximately 24,000 employees total. WTF do all those people DO?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:12 | 4739356 Yes_Questions
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Theft on this grand a scale takes minions.


many minions

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:44 | 4739465 RealityCheque
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Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:43 | 4739467 RealityCheque
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"Many hands make light work"...of stealing. 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:10 | 4739554 Cthonic
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20,544 minions in 2012, skimming $4.7B in economic crème, spending $747M of that at Kinko's, or rather, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:37 | 4739236 Offthebeach
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Boston Fed was where "Red lining" mortgages report started, that poor, not working, no to attrochish credit risks weren't getting mortgages that they couldn't afford and wouldn't likely pay back because private mortgage lenders weren't greedy enough for new customers but were racist. ( of course there was never a issuse with shiftless, drunk whites not getting that which they couldn't affordn)

So you would have to go to, be near Harvard or a Fed Gov official or a Bush family member to belive such crap. Hence the "Ownership Socitety", massive mal investments ..

I forgot the Boston Fed head who pushed the red line study/issue but he went on to head Freddy or Fannie and pulled in 10-13 million. Hes mentioned regrets over his part.



Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:42 | 4739248 ptoemmes
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PhDs musing over statitical models....I see quants writing algos in their future.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:59 | 4739298 Hobbleknee
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"In an attempt to save taxpayers $117 million over the next decade"

Only government propagandists make such statements and fake calculations because they have to make it sound like it's a big deal. Imagine if your boss said, "I'm planning on being in business for 38 more years, so if I fire you now, I'll save $1.5 million."  Absurd!

In reality, the cuts are meaningless, and they won't continue over the next 10 years.  All of their plans involve spending cuts spread out over decades, and yet somehow, the debt never goes down.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:09 | 4739341 MFL8240
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Yellen is a dishonest woman and the Federal Reserve should not be trusted anymore than Obama should!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:11 | 4739350 d edwards
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Welcome to the real world bitchez!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:12 | 4739353 Atlantis Consigliore
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Shut down CFTC, theres $ 100 Million a year savings,  merge non regulatory job,  with SEC,  issue M.F. (ing) Videos, to watch at home. Lol.  

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:28 | 4739410 Max Cynical
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Woman With Printer Shows the Digital Ease of Bogus Cash

This is my favorite line...

"Though counterfeit bills make up only a tiny fraction of the $1.27 trillion in circulation, law enforcement officials and federal prosecutors say they aggressively target money forgers to protect consumers and business owners and the larger U.S. economy."

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:39 | 4739948 kchrisc
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Is not the pursuit of counterfeiters the most blatant evidence that all gun and badge thugs really work for the banksters?!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:34 | 4739432 Cacete de Ouro
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The FRB gold vault in NY is hiring.


Must have experience stacking bricks to 8 feet high, just one level deep is fine.

Must be able to keep a straight face.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:42 | 4739462 RealityCheque
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"We're going to treat them as humanely as possible":

If this means "take them out back and put a bullet in their head" then I am in full support. 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:43 | 4739470 Hail Spode
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Zoom out and see what is really happening here.  It is like the immortal "There can be only one in the end".   When the fed was formed it was a cartel of 12 large banks that would prey on the populace.   Now that the parasites have drained the host of so much essence that our economy is ill, the parasites must start cutting each other out.   The biggest banks have gotten bigger, and now run more of the government.   The votes for the fed are weighted by deposits.   The big parasites are cutting out the little ones so that they can have the same amount of a shrinking pie.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:48 | 4739485 Ban KKiller
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Gold plated nail guns for everyone! Or shitgums. 

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