I am a great believer in 'institutional memory.' Whenever an organization loses a long time professional and dedicated employee it will eventually cost big time. Why? Because there is not anyone around to see costly and stupid mistakes coming straight at them, especially when they have probably happened before.
That is why it is so sad to see two long term public servants leave their government careers.
Bob and Paula may be the last of a breed of long time public servants. It is hard to see how many people could put up with 25 years of abuse in today's nasty Newt Gingrich and GOP inspired hate politics. The public servants are the ones who catch hell while the politicos sail on into the next election cycle. I frankly don't know how things will function without good people like them.