As previously noted, Federal employees make excellent scapegoats. The issue is not that Congress is unaware of what we do but that they want votes and know it is easier to create hate/fear than love. They can get votes (and donations) by providing money for building highway infrastructure, but how to pay for it? Of course! Take it from the Feds retirement funds. We're not being asked to "sacrifice" to reduce the deficit. Instead, we're being handed the check as the others leave the table! Congress will not pay attention to us so long as they can parlay a negative image of us to the public into votes/donations for themselves. We have to get the public to acknowledge that Federal employees play a vital role in the function of government and are not the evildoers we've been painted.