Rasmussen Poll: Respondents don’t think feds work as hard as private sector employees

A few items that caught our attention Monday:

Federal employees protest the sequester outside the Department of Labor on March 20. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg).
Federal employees protest the sequester outside the Department of Labor on March 20. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg).

Feds don’t work as hard as private sector? A new poll from Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of 1,000 respondents held that opinion. Only 9 percent of those surveyed think that feds work harder than employees in the private sector, while 23 percent said they are not sure. Check out the poll results.

Benghazi whistleblowers set to testify Wednesday. Two State Department officials will apparently testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration willfully presented a false narrative of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Sean Sullivan and Anne Gearan have the story in The Washington Post.

Six weeks that saved the nation. A new book from Washington Post reporter Steve Vogel provides an in-depth look at the creation of the “Star Spangled Banner” as America was trying to survive a disastrous start to the War of 1812. Read an excerpt from “Through the Perilous Fight.”

Justices won’t hear judge salary case. The Supreme Court decided not to review a 2012 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that said Congress had to pay judges the cost-of-living adjustments that it promised but failed to deliver during six years spanning from 1995 through 2010. Robert Barnes explains the issue in his latest High Court column for The Washington Post.

Contractors reporting lower profits under sequester. Government services contractors say delays and hesitancy in government spending are taking a toll on their profits and sales, according to an article from The Washington Post’s Capital Business.

No furloughs for State Department.  The State Department told employees in March that it did not expect furloughs, but officials stopped short of ruling them out.  The agency said last week it will not place employees on unpaid leave, and it will have to cut less than half of what planners first expected under the sequester — down to about $400 million compared to a previous estimate of $850 million, according to a brief from the Associated Press.

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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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