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With the intention of fostering a political-administrative reform of the Federal Legislative Branch, Gabriel Salvia, Chairman of CADAL, met with Ing. Julio Cobos, Vice-President of Argentina. The meeting took place at his office in the Federal Senate on Friday, January 25. Salvia highlighted the importance of improving public service by hiring by competition all the permanent staff. According to Salvia, "'meritocracy'" means to prioritize the capability and equality before the law so that all the citizens have the same opportunity to postulate for posts for the public service and thus improve public employment". On this regard, the head of CADAL, told Cobos that an integral reform of the Federal Government "should begin at home", that is, at the Federal Congress, where such a law should be analyzed.
In consequence, the head of CADAL, detailed the Argentine Vice-President the necessity that all the permanent staff of the Federal Congress are hired by contest. For this, the requisites should be expressly stated for the different posts, like the case of Chile, for instance. Regarding temporary personel, CADAL proposed Cobos to eliminate it, replacing it with a fixed sum of money, equal for every senator, where each senator hires the staff fit through contracts of service and agreements with universities and NGO's. Salvia gave Cobos the following chart, with data based on the 2008 budget of the Legislative Branch:
Percentage by legislator
Budget of temporary personel
Budget of contracted personel
Annual budget by legislator
Monthly budget by legislator
Proposed sum by legislator
As can be appreciated, the Senate has many employees more than the House of Representatives and a budget three times bigger than that of the Low Chamber. For CADAL, with the elimination of the expense of social services of temporary personel and to level the budget to a figure similar to those in hands of the federal representatives. Thus the Senate could generate a huge saving that would allowed it to offer voluntary retirements to the surplus personel and the less qualified, whose, obviously, got their posts because of political recommendation. In this regard, it is worth noting that Cobos, in a recent interview, recognized that 55 percent of the employees at the Senate do not have a college degree.
Finally, Salvia was very satisfied with the meeting and stated that "I am taking an excellent impression from Cobos, since he punctually received me. I didn't have to wait for a minute and in no more than fifteen minutes I was able to put this issue forward and I saw him really worried about this matter".