Which U.S. Fed Agency Has Most Employees?

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  • #103207

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster
    Dept of Defense…but I think statistics are pretty cool

    Table 1. Federal Government civilian employment, except U.S. Postal Service, November 2008
    (Employment in thousands)

    United States

    Washington MSA

    Total

    1,909

    320

    Executive departments

    1,664

    238

    Defense, total

    652

    68

    Army

    244

    20

    Navy

    175

    25

    Air Force

    149

    6

    Other

    84

    17

    Veterans Affairs

    280

    8

    Homeland Security

    171

    23

    Justice

    108

    24

    Treasury

    88

    12

    Agriculture

    82

    8

    Interior

    67

    7

    Health and Human Services

    64

    30

    Transportation

    55

    9

    Commerce

    39

    20

    Labor

    16

    6

    Energy

    15

    5

    State

    15

    12

    Housing and Urban Development

    9

    3

    Education

    4

    3

    Independent agencies

    180

    48

    Social Security Administration

    64

    2

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    18

    4

    Environmental Protection Agency

    18

    5

    General Services Administration

    12

    4

    Office of Personnel Management

    5

    2

    Smithsonian Institution

    4

    4

    Other

    59

    27

    Judicial branch

    33

    3

    Legislative branch

    30

    29

    SOURCE: U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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    Henry Brown
    Participant

    see attached for slightly more recent numbers which also include Postal service, this file is from the Census bureau

  • #103211

    What an interesting table! Thanks for posting, Steve. I also especially like seeing how many employees are in the Washington area. Where it’s a little misleading is that it apparently doesn’t include contractors. I know for a fact the Air Force to be much larger than what is reported here.

  • #103209

    In order to truly see the potential effect of the federal footprint in the DC Metro area, I agree that contractors and suppliers have to be part of the picture. The local economy (and local governments) is largely driven by federal decisions in this area.

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