HUD’s ‘Cubicle Issue’ Stirs Up Staffers

As Bush administration appointees at Housing and Urban Development get ready to pack up and leave, some career staffers also will be moving today, albeit temporarily, as their walled offices are gutted and replaced by cubicles.

The “cubicle issue” irks employees in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), a collection of economists and social scientists that work on issues related to HUD’s regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other things. After more than a year of back and forth on the matter between HUD, PD&R employees and their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, workers were told last week to pack up ahead of today’s move.

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