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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 25, 2013
INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1 Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. February 25, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 30 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com or comprehend anything beyond the Capital Beltway that rings D.C. And it is true that while we are intellec- tually aware that there is life beyond Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, it is sometimes hard for us here to identify with you folks out there. This also holds true for the people---from your home town and state---you send here to popu- late the House of Representatives and the Senate. Often even those men and women, for whom back home is God's country, go native. After a while they seem to forget their roots. Still, while living here and representing you there, many politicians still like to sock it to Washington. So for them sequestration is the perfect solution. It will cut off (or at least bang around) the head of the giant, overstuffed bureau- cracy which is here in D.C. Right? Wrong. Only 15 of 100 federal workers in the United States live or work in the Washington metro area. That's a lot, to be sure. But it's not most federal workers. Not by a long shot. The "Fed City" I'm talking about isn't the one here on the East Coast. It isn't Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. It's two dozen, maybe more, places out beyond the Beltway from Maine to California. And points in between. If sequestration hits, the D.C. area will survive. We are so relatively well off here that what qualifies as a depres- sion in most places translates into a mild, if that, recession here. Half of the nation's 10 richest counties are in the Washington metro area in Virginia and suburban Maryland. The D.C. area, compared to most places, has weathered the recession nicely. At any rate, when I say Fed City, I am talking about places like Marion, Ill., where major employers and revenue- generators include (besides Southern Illinois University in nearby Carbondale) the Marion VA Medical Center and the U.S. Penitentiary, Marion. Then there are the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. Places like Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline and of course East Moline. Places with a strong federal-military presence. Also there is Ogden, Utah, where the IRS and Air Force are among the (if not THE) major employers. Also Huntsville, Ala., and San Antonio, Texas, and Charleston, S.C., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and New Orleans, and Dayton, Ohio, and Boyers, Pa. Places that don't strike most people as major federal centers when indeed the government salary/contractor-sup- port dollar is critical to their survival. There is also Pine Bluff, Ark., and a number of small towns whose primary employer is the VA, the military, or the Homeland Security Department---or where local citizens work in a fed- eral prison administered by the Justice Department. Interior is a major employer in small towns in the west and around all national parks. So is Agriculture. And the Postal Service. Compared to governments in other countries, the U.S. Government is small. And it is getting smaller even as the population rises. But even though it is relatively small in many ways, it is still the largest single employer in the country. And most of the jobs aren't in flush Washington. They are in or near where you live and work. And vote. That's a point that may have been lost by some of the people---in both political parties---who have been poking the skunk without thinking about the real consequences.
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