Federal Budget 2012: 15,000 more federal workers?
Despite the focus on cutting back the size and scope of government, the Obama administration's proposed 2012 budget would add about 15,000 employees to the federal payroll when compared to the estimates for the current fiscal year.
The number of government workers would decrease when the 2012 proposal is compared to the 2010 budget. (Remember -- Congress hasn't passed a 2011 budget and is working on legislation to fund the remaining seven months of the fiscal year.)
Take a look at the numbers below, and you'll see where the growth would occur:
The growth is related to new activities in certain agencies, including the Treasury Department, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob J. Lew. "If you look agency by agency, you'll see that it's not a story of broad-based growth. It's in the most cases pretty concentrated," Lew said Monday.
There would be a loss of about 7,000 civilian workers at the Defense Department offset by gains at the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Justice in addition to the gains at Treasury, the SEC and CFTC. All other agencies appear flat.
The budget doesn't explain most of the new hires or reductions and department officials didn't discuss employment specifics on Monday. But the budget does mention plans to hire 300 new U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Graphic by Pam Tobey. Staff writer Eric Yoder contributed to this report.
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