That could become a key question as the Senate considers a new Republican proposal unveiled last week that would extend the federal worker pay freeze through June 2014 and cut the federal workforce by 5 percent in order to delay Defense Department spending cuts required under “sequestration,” or the spending levels set by last summer’s debt negotiations.

Not surprisingly, several federal worker unions called the plan misguided.

The Republicans “seem to have forgotten that two out of three federal workers serve in the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Justice — the very agencies for which these senators aim to preserve funding,” said Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. “Will their plan to freeze the pay of these middle-class federal workers for four years in a row and to fill only two of every three vacant positions really bolster America’s defense and security? We don’t think so.”

NARFE also circulated the pie chart above that visually demonstrates where most federal employees work. And as the chart shows, about 67 percent work at the Pentagon and the department of Justice, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

So is curtailing the pay and the workforce at 33 percent of the federal government worth it as a way to bolster the Pentagon? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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