Where do federal workers live and work?
Updated 8:20 p.m. ET
There are about 2.06 million federal employees and another 2.5 million federal retirees nationwide, but where are they exactly?
Everywhere -- according to a new report from the Federally Employed Women, a nonprofit group representing more than 1 million military and civilian government workers.
California, the nation's most populous state, is home to 465,912 current and former federal workers, according to FEW. Texas ranked second with 354,133, Virginia was third (307,719), Maryland fourth (296,295), followed by Florida (244,560) and New York (219,044). The District has 209,654 current and former federal employees.
(Peruse the numbers at http://eyeonwashington.com/few_map_2010/index.html.)
Though interesting to read, the numbers serve as a reminder to lawmakers that most feds live well beyond the Beltway. FEW is delivering numbers for each congressional district to each member of Congress to remind them, the group said.
"Every lawmaker has federal workers and retirees who live and work in her/his state and district." said Matthew Fogg, FEW's national vice president for congressional relations. "Therefore, talk of furloughs and layoffs not only greatly disrupt the services that their constituents rely on, but also directly impact their constituents who have dedicated their careers to public service."
Here's a look at the number of feds represented by lawmakers active on federal employee issues:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R): 85,432 current and former feds live in California's 49th Congressional District.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.): 52,765 in Maryland's 7th Congressional District.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I): 33,301 in Connecticut.
Sen. Susan Collins (R), ranking member on the Senate HSGAC: 28,671 across Maine.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R), a vocal critic of government spending and federal employee benefit programs and also a member of HSGAC: 96,153 in the state of Oklahoma.
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D), another active HSGAC member: 52,604 across the state of Hawaii.
NOTE: The numbers above for Congressional districts are inflated estimates, because FEW uses Office of Personnel Management and the Bureau of Labor Statistics data that breaks down only to the county level. Because several counties are split into multiple Congressional districts, FEW includes a county's entire active/retired fed totals in each district, even if it doesn't include the entire county.
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| January 13, 2011; 1:13 PM ET
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