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By Phil Piemonte

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More than a FEW

However you want to characterize it, there is no doubt that Congressional budget hawks have zeroed in on federal jobs, pay and benefits.

While some feds complain that they are being picked on because they provide an easy target, others argue that—at about 2 million or so strong—feds have a lot more clout than they give themselves credit for. Factor in spouses and federal retirees, and that’s a lot of critical mass.

As we noted in Federal Daily a few days ago, the nonprofit group Federally Employed Women has just updated its online database listing the numbers of federal employees and retirees by county and congressional district, and even by agency.

FEW says they hope that lawmakers—as they make decisions affecting active and retired feds—take a look at their districts and see how many of their constituents (aka voters) are on the federal payroll, buying goods and services and paying taxes and otherwise supporting the social and economic fabric of their home communities. It’s good grassroots information.

As a byproduct, feds themselves also could use those statistics—to support their own advocacy, make a little noise, and refuse to be easy targets. And perhaps to remind lawmakers that government and politics are not the same thing.

Just a thought.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jan 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Fri, Jan 28, 2011 irritated Orlando, FL

The average Federal Employee makes $150,000?? I don't know anyone who makes that much money in my agency. I make about half that!

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

I just read that congress and their families are exempt from having to pay back government college loans and they are also going to be exempt from the so called health care changes/expenses incurred by hard working Americans. Make congress pay their share, debts/taxes and cut their salaries and stop making the rest of us pay and pay and pay...!!!

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

As far as responsibility, those who were directly responsible for this fiscal mess should be held accountable. Instead those who have left congress have left with the same golden parachute there notorious industry counterparts have been (accused of) afforded. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The sad fact, as well as the sobering lesson to be learned, is that “we the people” elected them and from the looks of things continue to, with some hope for sanity (I hope) found within the last election. It may be too late! There is no way out except the hard way. The longer we wait to address the problem the worse it becomes and the more difficult the affects of applying the solution.
As far as doing my part, I am willing, as long as my part is equally shared. I volunteered for service in Vietnam. I served as a Light Weapons Infantry Man. I came to public service because I am a public servant. I hope I didn't make a mistake.

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

The government people under the CSRS are asking when congress is going to REPEAL the Government Pension Offset & the Windfall Elimination Provision? We have waited many, many years for the REPEAL and for congress to get this out of committee. We are not asking for a handout or a loan, just the money we and our spouses have worked for. If we were from a foreign country asking for something, I am sure the government would fall over backwards to help. What is wrong here.

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

Number one All contractors should be converted to FTE's and save the 30% overhead. Congress should limit their terms to one term max. a few basics: Close the borders. Make BP reimburse the fed budget for money spent on the clean up. Stop the wars. No tax breaks to companies shipping jobs over seas. Reduce congressman to two per state. Most important, all federal employees keep track and vote against the congressional vultures that are screwing the federal employees.

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