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.
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