Contrary to popular belief, most federal employees actually work outside of the D.C. metro area. See where and how vulnerable regional economies might be to reductions.
By Mike Maciag | Governing
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump responded to voter discontent with Washington by repeatedly pledging to reduce the size of government. But if he does succeed in significantly shrinking the federal workforce, most of the cuts will likely be felt outside the Capital Beltway.
The president issued a temporary hiring freeze days after taking office followed by a budget proposal that calls for drastically diminishing the federal workforce. A memo issued earlier this month by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney lifted the hiring freeze but advises agencies to begin downsizing their workforces and submit a reform plan by September.