Hundreds of Federal Workers Quitting After Plan to Move Agencies Out of D.C. Proposed

Hundreds of federal employees have reportedly quit working for the government after plans to move the agencies they work for out of Washington D.C. hit the planning stages.

This is great news, America. The more of these leeches that stop feeding off the U.S. Treasury, the better. And let’s hope they are never replaced, too!

On top of that, I’d love to see their pensions and healthcare eliminated, too, but I am sure that is too much to hope for.

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Anywhoo… Fox News is reporting that several federal agencies have seen employees quit instead of being forced to move to “flyover country” to stay employed in the federal agencies moving out of D.C.

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As Fox reported:

Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers.

“This move does not serve a public purpose,” Peter Winch, a representative for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents ERS workers, told Fox News. “Employees don’t want to move, and it doesn’t make sense for them to move.”

Others have left, too:

A Washington Post report cited an estimate that the ERS used to see roughly one “non-retirement” departure per month – but that pace has doubled since October. NIFA reportedly has also seen people leave.

This is a great idea, too. Get these agencies out of the left-wing beltway.

Perdue said in a statement to Fox News that the move was meant “to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.” The secretary of agriculture added that the planned move would bring the department’s scientists closer to “stakeholders” and “customers” such as Midwest farmers.

“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Perdue said. “We don’t undertake these relocations lightly, and we are doing it to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.”

Naturally the unions are whining to beat the band about the plans to move the agencies.

They are lucky I am not in change. I’d eliminate their whole useless agencies.

Regardless, the fewer people living off the government the better.

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