Shutdown could improve perception of federal employees

In a weird way, the government shutdown could improve the perception of federal employees, says Tuesday’s Federal Diary column.

Also strange: The Republican-led House, which has often targeted the federal payroll, has unanimously approved a bill that would allow federal workers, too often unjustly criticized as overpaid do-nothings, to get paid for … doing nothing.

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).

While nothing about this shutdown makes sense, it is good that the public is seeing a better appreciation for the federal workforce. And if Congress is going to pay federal workers, it should let them go back to work.

Shut down the shutdown. The longer it goes, the more that taxpayers will miss the services that government and its workers provide.

Continue reading in the Federal Diary: wapo.st/15SfOuO

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

politics

federal-eye

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

federal-eye

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Josh Hicks · October 8, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.