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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Paul C. Light
The sequester cuts are now officially in place, but many government agencies appear to be hiring freely anyway.
The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.
The new Democrat-controlled Senate has confirmed just 29 percent of President Bush's nominations so far this year, leaving many government agencies without key officials and slowing work to a crawl in some departments.
The federal work force is older than the private-sector work force, which Mr. Light said raises the possibility of reducing the total number through retirements.
"I'm shocked that the 'tea party' hasn't focused on it yet, and the Obama administration only has a thin sliver of time to deal more directly with it, I believe," said Paul C. Light, who studies the federal bureaucracy as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at New York University. "When you talk about big government, you're talking about a big employer."