I fully agree with you that public jobs require different skill sets than private jobs, and perhaps significantly greater skill and education.
But I also worked at one point for an organization where people took pride in the long hours they worked, and pointed to that as a reason for the company's success. The organization had a lot of bureaucracy, and I surmise that if they streamlined their process, they would lose little or nothing, and free up a lot of time.
Therefore, I have a question for the general readership of this thread: why is it that federal jobs require so much more skill and education than private sector jobs? Is it 1) because they've contracted out all the easy ones (the way businesses contract out easy work to overseas workers)? 2) they are doing such wonderful things, above and beyond anything the private sector can comprehend? 3) the advanced requirements are just a way of weeding out people -- with 100 applicants, if I increase the job requirements greatly, I eliminate most of them without having to interview them all. 4) their processes are so bloated that it takes a real genius to navigate them successfully?
I don't know the answer, but I suspect that it's a mix, and that it's more of #3 and #4 than #2. #1 is the standard cost-savings measure that investors, owners, and taxpayers applaud except when it's their job on the line. #3 is why we have an education bubble that is threatening to burst. #4 is a cry for process re-engineering, and the one area where business with its profit motive has greater incentive to streamline than government does.