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Which federal agencies have gained and lost the most employees?


Last week, we showed how the federal civilian workforce grew since the start of the Obama administration, despite shrinking slightly in recent years.  Today, let’s look at individual departments to determine which of have gained and lost the greatest percentage of their employees.

We’ll start with the gainers. The State Department and Department of Veterans Affairs have the grown most by a long shot. Between 2009 and 2013, the State Department workforce expanded by 17 percent, while the VA workforce increased by more than 16 percent, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management.

The Defense Department and Health and Human Services come next, having grown by about 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively, over the same period. Next are the Department of the Air Force, with a roughly 8 percent increase, and Homeland Security, with about 7 percent growth.

Other gainers included the departments of Education, Labor, Justice, Commerce, the Army and the Navy, all of which expanded by less than 5 percent.

As for the losers, the Treasury Department shrank most, shedding nearly 9 percent of its workforce. Close behind are Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture, which lost about 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Interior, Energy and Transportation also lost employees, with each dropping between about 2 percent and 3 percent of their workforces.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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