After years of flat or even declining staffing levels at agencies across the federal government, the Obama administration wants most agencies to begin staffing up again.
In fact, President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposes the largest governmentwide staffing increase since 2009.
All told, the budget calls for the size of the federal civilian workforce to increase by 14,000 positions — a 0.7 percent increase from current staffing levels.
Last year’s budget proposed adding about 6,100 employees to the ranks of the civil service, a much smaller 0.3 percent increase. In fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the administration proposed cutting staffing by thousands of positions.
Among the agencies with the largest percent increases to their workforces are a more than 7 percent staffing boost to the Treasury Department — much of it for the Internal Revenue Service — and a nearly 12 percent boost to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The budget plans to slightly trim the Defense Department’s workforce by 0.8 percent — or about 6,300 positions.