The True Size of Government: A Discussion about the Growth and Complexity of the Federal Workforce
October 5, 2017 9:30 AM
Location: Holeman Lounge
The True Size of Government:
A Discussion about the Growth and Complexity of the Federal Workforce
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club
The Volcker Alliance is hosting a discussion of new research by New York University Professor Paul C. Light on the size and composition of the government workforce from 1984 to the present day. Professor Light will present two new research papers on the mix of federal, contract, and grant employees that execute the laws of the US federal government and the steady thickening of layers of federal political and career management positions.
Joe Davidson, Columnist for The Washington Post, will interview Professor Light about his research on the growth in the complexity of the federal government workforce and the implications this complexity has for government’s performance and accountability. Mr. Davidson will then moderate a panel with Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight, Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Professor Light, and field questions from the audience. The dialogue will address the future of the government workforce and propose ideas for simplifying the government’s composition and organization. Thomas W. Ross, President of the Volcker Alliance, will also provide opening remarks.
A continental breakfast will be provided.