During the shutdown, I shared answers to the question “Why are you essential?” It was terrific qualitative data about the important work conducted by government employees. There were a wide range of answers describing individuals who spent there days connecting people to vital services, building a more inclusive society, protecting us from harm, and providing support for scientific research.
Today, I want to share quantitative data in the form of an infographic from Masters-In-Accounting.org. The graphic illustrates the percentage of people working at each agency. Looking at the image gives you an idea of what we value and what we think is important. My initial response to the infographic was to write a post that editorialized. I was going to analyze what it meant that only 6% of the Department of Educations versus 86% of Department of Homeland Security or 84% of the Department of Justice were working during the shutdown; however, I realized that I was more interested in what you, government employees, had to say.
Please share your thoughts after taking a look at the infographic.