DIVISIONS OF LABOR Who Runs the Government?
Updated On: Jul 18, 2017
LYDELL KING, 55 Performance consultant, U.S. Coast Guard. How long have you worked in government? Nine years. I served for 24 years in the U.S. Army and started working here February 2008. What do people most often misunderstand about government work? A lot of people don’t understand federal employees are not the highest-paid sector. I would say 98 percent of federal workers work their hardest every day. They get underappreciated. How has your job changed recently? I know a lot of people are worried. That’s a sign right there, because government employees are always the first ones to be under attack.

WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT the federal government’s bloat, its bureaucracy, its waste. What we don’t hear much about are the people who actually work in public service, who aren’t elected and whose careers span multiple presidents and parties. We went to Washington, D.C., to meet and photograph these folks


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