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Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds

Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds

Steve Vogel | The Washington Post via YellowBrix

September 03, 2009

Despite the projected growth in federal jobs, the size of the government would be no larger than at most other times in the country’s post-World War II history, both in relative and absolute terms.

In 1970, for example, the number of civilians on the federal payroll numbered 2,095,100, a figure that represented a little more than 1 percent of the U.S. population. In 2008, the comparable figure was 2,020,200, or 0.66 percent.

However, the figures do not reflect the enormous growth of the government contractor force as the result of privatization efforts pursued by previous administrations.

The Obama administration has signaled in its budget its intention to replace many contractors with government workers, particularly in the field of defense acquisition. This is another reason for the predicted surge in government hiring.

OPM Director John Berry was unavailable to comment on the report, according to a spokesperson.

The survey results are to be posted Thursday at, according to the partnership.

Top Areas in Which the Federal Government Is Hiring

Staff writers Joe Davidson and Ed O’Keefe contributed to this report.

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