SEA asks Obama to avoid deep cuts to federal workforce

November 30, 2012

The lobbying group for senior federal executives sent a letter to the White House yesterday urging the president to hold firm in his vision of “developing an effective and efficient civil workforce that is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century” as he haggles with Republicans over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” 

Translation: Try to shield us from cuts as best you can.

In its letter to the president, the Senior Executives Association acknowledged that federal employees must “do their part to address the growing deficit” but complained that Congress and the media have treated the government workforce as a scapegoat for the nation’s deficit problems.

The group also noted that federal employees have already endured frozen salaries threats to their benefits. Its letter argued that extending those policy moves would ultimately negatively impact government operations and potentially raise costs in the long run. 

The Office of Personnel Management’s 2012 Employment Viewpoint Survey showed that overall satisfaction among federal workers had dropped to its lowest level since 2008. 

Markers of how employees feel about their jobs dropped in almost every category over last year’s survey, according to a Nov. 21 report in the Washington Post


Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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Josh Hicks · November 30, 2012