How many people work for the federal government?

Congressional Republicans, as part of their "Pledge to America," last week proposed stopping federal agencies from hiring new workers, arguing that slowing the growth of the federal workforce could help save billions of dollars. But opponents said that the government cannot afford to cut back and that most new federal hires are in the national security and defense sectors, where Republicans wouldn't cut anyway. So how many people work for the federal government? Here's a historical comparison (including the U.S. Postal Service) dating to the presidency of John F. Kennedy. -- Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder

Congressional Republicans last week proposed stopping federal agencies from hiring new workers.

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