- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your editorial suggesting our federal work force is overpaid (“Federal bonus bonanza,” Comment & Analysis, March 12) does a great disservice to the men and women who are on the front lines every day protecting our nation’s welfare.

The piece failed to mention that more than half of all federal employees work for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, where they support our fighters, protect our borders and care for the wounded who bravely served our country.

It also failed to acknowledge that as the government has sought to stimulate the economy and provide urgent assistance to struggling Americans, the demand for federal services has increased, not lessened. It hardly seems prudent to weaken the capacity of the federal work force at a time of such great need.

You perpetuate the myth that our government is too large, but you fail to tell readers the federal work force is actually smaller than it was in 1967 and there are more than 100 million more Americans today being served by those workers. Finally, you suggest that salaries are too high, yet when you examine many professionals in government, such as scientists, lawyers and doctors, federal workers are routinely paid less than their private-sector counterparts.

I hope your next editorial on the subject conveys that federal workers are our friends, grappling with the nation’s most daunting challenges on behalf of all of us.

MAX STIER

President and chief executive, Partnership for Public Service

Washington

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