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Nearly three-fourths of Americans who have had direct contact with federal employees during the past year say they are doing their jobs well, a new Washington Post poll finds.

Americans who have had contact with federal employees on the job – whether going through airport security, meeting with a Social Security benefits specialist or getting medical attention from a VA doctor – have a far better view of federal workers than those who have not, the Post poll released today finds. In fact, 73 percent of Americans who have had contact with federal employees during the past year say they do their jobs very well or somewhat well.

In addition, 57 percent of all people surveyed say they would recommend a government career to their friends and family.

These poll findings are encouraging, American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage said.

Americans who deal with federal employees know they are hard-working men and women who serve this country with distinction. Many of them risk their lives every day to keep America safe and free .

Some of the poll findings are troubling, however. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed say federal employees are overpaid, and 49 percent say federal employees work less hard than private-sector workers. However, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed have had no contact with a federal employee during the past year.

Patty Viers, vice chairwoman of the AFGE Defense Conference and a 33-year employee at the Defense Department, said Americans count on federal employees in more ways than they realize.

We were among the first responders on 9-11, we fought during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and we were there throughout Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters. We are all proud to serve this country, despite the potential of greater income in private sector careers.

Department of Veterans Affairs employees work tirelessly to ensure returning soldiers get the medical care, benefits and dignified burials they deserve, and they do it with limited resources, National VA Council President Alma Lee said.

Over half of our employees are veterans taking care of veterans. They fought hard for the freedom we have today and they are giving back by taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves.

Purported surveys that claim federal employees are overpaid compared to private-sector employees couldn’t be further from the truth, Gage said. Fewer than 3 percent of all federal employees earn more than $150,000 a year. These are the doctors who care for our nation’s veterans, the scientists making breakthroughs in crops that would increase the safety and reliability of our world’s food supply, and the researchers who work to find ways to defend our soldiers from IEDs and chemical warfare.

One Response

  1. I am a disabled Vet From The 60s so that put me in what war (sorry) police action. I have gotten screwed first by the Army with the type of discharge that they gave me from Washington when they sent all my paper work there to be discharged. Then by the V.A. for all the hoops I had to jump through just to keep some disability and still they took some away and even today now that all the doctors I have went to all say the same that I have too many wounds all over my body not to be have the problems I have and still have and even more now .
    But now today the V.A. says all my papers have been
    destroy in the FIRE!!!!!!! I am tired of being screwed.
    But when the U.S. needed me I was there – WHERE ARE THEY NOW THAT I NEED THEM??

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