Federal employees as a percentage of the population.

Because I was curious.

That’s all civilian, non-USPS employees of the executive branch. Data from the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

10 replies on “Federal employees as a percentage of the population.”

  1. Not sure why but your graphs often don’t show up in Chrome. Saw it in firefox though, thanks.

  2. But Waldo, how than that possibly be possible? After all public employees are totally to blame for the economic crisis. The Koch brothers said so;-)

  3. Civil servant positions have been privatized. In many cases a Federal government employee has no idea how to make the government system work without his contractor. It is a labor relations thing, nothing to do with saving money. Coming soon to a state near you!

  4. Oh, and I forgot to say, it would be interesting to, on the same graph, overlay the number of contracts with consultants for a given year. An old Booz friend told mentioned to me once that whenever the government lays off Federal employees all the big consultancy firms get gobs of new contracts. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone else, the work of the government must still occur; so the real question is did the lay offs save money or was the consultants fee equal to or greater to the jobs lost.

  5. As technology advances, it’s expected that fewer people can do the same work. What would be far more interesting — and telling — is the ratio of federal *spending* (adjusted for inflation) as a % of the population.

  6. I agree with Jason. Consulting and contracting companies are making up larger shares of the federal work force. NGIC and DIA are full of non-government employees who are paid for by taxpayers. The UVa Research business office park by the airport is mostly federal contractors. Its not a question of who employs them, its who pays for them.

    The percentage including consulants in your chart is far higher in recent years than what the chart shows now.

  7. I’d love to get some statistics on outsourcing. Does anybody know of a source of such data? Specifically, I think I’d want to know a) the number of companies acting as federal vendors b) the number of federal contracts and c) the total dollar value of those contracts, by year. I suspect that both of you (David and Jason) are absolutely right about that.

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