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Only 6% EPA, 9.3% IRS Workers Are ‘Essential’

From Fox News:

Budget stalemate reveals which federal agencies are ‘essential’ — and not

October 03, 2013

For all its downsides, the budget stalemate has helped shed light on a pressing question — which parts of the government can Americans live without? …

The results (which can be viewed here) give a glimpse into how important, or not, dozens of federal agencies and departments are to Americans’ everyday lives.

At the bottom of the list happen to be popular targets for Republicans, whom Democrats are aggressively blaming for the current standoff.

The Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has retained just 6.6 percent of its workforce. Of more than 16,000 employees, just over 1,000 are on the job.

So only 6% of the employees at the EPA are essential. How are they going to ‘crucify businesses’ with so many non-essential employees?

The Internal Revenue Service, which has taken a beating this year over allegations that it targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny, has just 9.3 percent of its workforce hanging around this week…

So why has the IRS needed to hire so many more workers?

Even NASA, the storied beacon of space exploration which has helped define the direction of this country, is down to 3 percent of its staff…

But all of the Obama-Care ‘navigators’ are essential. Go figure.

So which agencies are most "essential?" Mostly, those dealing with public safety and security — and veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is at the top of the list of agencies that are operating at nearly full force. According to the contingency plans, the department has 95 percent of its workers on the job. Signaling the political importance of keeping that agency running, House Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill Thursday to make sure all VA operations are funded.

And yet we keep hearing stories from the news media about how veterans are going to suffer. Why is that?

Following close behind the VA is the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for everything from airport security to Border Patrol to the Secret Service. Eighty-six percent of staffers are at work for the DHS during the budget stalemate. The Justice Department has nearly as many…

And yet we keep hearing stories about how our borders and airports might not be as secure as they ‘were.’

At the Department of Commerce, agency heads determined 13 percent of the staff would stay on during a partial shutdown. At the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, only a few hundred workers were at the office this week — representing well under 10 percent of each department.

How have managed to survive three whole days without the Department of Education and HUD?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Only 6% EPA, 9.3% IRS Workers Are ‘Essential’”

  1. I’d hazard a guess that is still overstating the numbers ..

  2. yadayada

    hud and ed could be eliminated and no one would notice (‘cept dems wit dey hand out)
    and there is a story at Brietbart about the DHS stopping the BP from doing they’re job. so they apparently have the funding and are staffed and working, but not allowed to make arrests?

  3. captstubby

    somehow this is not going well for the Democrats.
    Unintended consequences .

    are outcomes that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action.

    Robert K. Merton listed five possible causes of unanticipated consequences in 1936
    1.Ignorance (It is impossible to anticipate everything, thereby leading to incomplete analysis)
    2.Error (Incorrect analysis of the problem or following habits that worked in the past but may not apply to the current situation)
    3.Immediate interest, which may override long-term interests
    4.Basic values may require or prohibit certain actions even if the long-term result might be unfavorable (these long-term consequences may eventually cause changes in basic values)
    5.Self-defeating prophecy (Fear of some consequence drives people to find solutions before the problem occurs, thus the non-occurrence of the problem is not anticipated.)


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