Revaluing the Federal Workforce
Defending America's Civil Servants
by Anthony Stanford
June 2014, 154pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0259-1
$55, £43, 48€, A76
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-0260-7
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The government shutdown of 2013 underscored the true value of federal workers.

This insider's perspective on the federal workforce demystifies the myth of the underworked and overcompensated employee, examines workers' daily challenges, and considers the future of government work and its workers.

Since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, federal employees—unlike any other segment of the American worker—have dealt with the reality that their workplaces are potential targets. Additionally, this workforce deals with public scrutiny and a prevailing opinion that federal employees are obsolete and inept. This unprecedented study attempts to dispel ill-informed speculation about our nation’s civil servants by providing a thorough examination of the differences—and similarities—between the private and federal employment sectors.

Himself a 30-year veteran of government work, Anthony Stanford explores the challenges unique to this group, including the impact of political posturing, the bureaucratic red tape preventing progressive change, and the tensions and security concerns stemming from terrorist threats. Chapters cover topics such as the fallacy of the underworked employee, performance measurements that impede performance and threaten the mission of some federal agencies, the obstacles that prevent federal managers from effectively dealing with personnel issues, and strategies for altering the public perception of the federal workforce. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book allows readers to learn what it is really like to work for the federal government.


  • Examines the claims that federal workers are underworked, overcompensated, and expendable
  • Analyzes comparable pay and benefits between the federal and private sector workforce to dispel rumors of overcompensation
  • Uncovers the truth behind the misconceptions surrounding the work of federal employees and explains how these workers differ from those in private companies or unions
  • Contains contributions from federal career employees, political appointees, and politicians familiar with the operation of the federal workforce
  • Shares nonclassified policy documents and mission statements from across federal agencies to illustrate the daily workings of these offices
Anthony Stanford is a freelance writer and journalist for Chicago Sun-Times Media. He has served in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the federal government, and received numerous federal awards including the Department of Housing and Urban Development's prestigious Inspector General's Award for the disclosure of fraud, waste, and mismanagement. Stanford was named the 2014 Outstanding African-American of the Year by the African-American Heritage Advisory Board of Aurora, IL. His published work includes Praeger's Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community along with several critically acclaimed articles on politics, race, and religion published by the Chicago Tribune.
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