Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

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Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

By: Jonathan Wilson // August 1, 2012
A view of the U.S. Capitol dome from inside the building as the sun sets.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A view of the U.S. Capitol dome from inside the building as the sun sets.

Those looking for signs that the talk about shrinking government is getting federal employees down won’t find it at the Next Generation of Government training summit — an event aimed at bringing together Generation X and Y government professionals.

Diverse 20- and 30-somethings mix and mingle, laugh and share stories in between conference sessions, and you’d never know they stand to be directly affected by pending budget cuts.

With Congress under pressure to reduce spending, compensation for government workers is often on the chopping block, as are the resources dedicated to each agency. But not every federal employee sees the debate about spending as a bad thing.

In fact, the possibility of a smaller federal government isn’t changing how these young federal workers feel about their jobs, says Dave Uejio, a 30-something president of Young Government Leaders, one of the groups sponsoring the “NextGen” conference.

It’s partly because the new generation of federal workers doesn’t necessarily see government work as a lifetime commitment in the same way as previous generations did, adds Uejio, who works at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Continue reading “Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom”