Union response: Cuts will cost federal jobs

More job losses in the midst of an unemployment crisis are imminent, the leader of the largest federal employee union said today in response to agency budget cuts proposed by the Office of Management and Budget.

American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage said the debt-ceiling deal and the new congressional super committee charged with identifying spending cuts will negatively affect the federal workforce.

In a statement, Gage said the federal workforce will lack vital resources as a result of OMB’s instructions to agencies to slash 5 percent from their fiscal 2011 discretionary appropriations for their 2013 budgets.

Gage said that could mean fewer border patrol officers, less enforcement of clean water and air rules, fewer medical research gains, and less oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.

“All America suffers when government lacks the resources to carry out the promise of effective and efficient public service,” Gage said.

AFGE represents more than 600,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas.

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Reader comments

Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Indeed, this is the parallel of when counties face budget cuts, the first thing they threaten is to pull police off the streets, close fire and rescue stations, and yank teachers from the classrooms. And yet if you look at the spending increases in recent years these are typically NOT the areas that grew out of control.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Having worked for both the federal government and the private sector, productivity is not an issue. There is just as many none productive workers in the private sector as the federal government. Secondly, where I work, currently, there is a job hiring spree, spending spree and construction spree.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Cutting jobs in a recession ALWAYS makes sense. Not.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 DC

I agree that there are positions and areas where the federal workforce can and should be reduced. But I do not understand where this idea that the federal government is some giant, hulking mass comes from??

In 1962 there were 2.48 million Executive Branch employees - including U.S. Postal Service workers. That was 13.3 employees per 1,000 population (186.5 million).

Ok, there may have been more Postal workers back then, so how about a more recent year:

In 2002 (Bush) there were 2.63 million Executive Branch employees - including U.S. Postal Service workers. That was 9.1 employees per 1,000 population (287.8 million).

In 2010 there were 2.65+ million (post 9/11) Executive Branch employees - including U.S. Postal Service workers. That was 8.4+ employees per 1,000 population (310.3 million).

So where is this huge glut of federal employees everyone is moaning and screaming about?

(The Washington Post did a series of articles on this topic, but the info can be found on the OMB & Census websites.)

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Again the pendulum swings. Now when vital things do not get done, the Congress and taxpayers only need to look in the mirror to find the blame.

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