I used to provide info at the VA booth, but last year, the event was cancelled as Congress removed funding for it. Somehow, $15k to recognize the work we do seemed too high a cost. Yes, $15,000. That’s not even as high as a rounding error in the budget.
The event on the Mall was a great way to talk to citizens visiting DC about what government does. There was usually a Military/Security area and then the civilian agencies. You could get info on jobs from OPM, benefit info from VA, turn the corner and SSA would help you learn about social security and HHS had nurses that would take your blood pressure… Schools and kids came through and lots and lots of tourists.
The way things are going now, I’m waiting for the day that the Smithsonian starts charging admission. BTW, they’re government employees, too.
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