Job levels at federal agencies would remain about flat overall under the Trump administration budget, although the figures are complicated by the impact of this year’s census.
The budget measures federal employment not as a headcount but in terms of full-time equivalent positions, which include part-time and temporary-type positions. By that measure, FTEs will be down by almost 34,000 to a government-wide figure — one that excludes the Postal Service – of 2,172,400.
However, within that number is a drop of 53,500 at the Commerce Department, the Census Bureau’s parent agency, as the jobs of temporary and part-time workers hired for the census will end.
The budget also shows a gain of more than 11,000 at the Treasury Department, largely due to a proposal that would move the Secret Service out of DHS and into Treasury, reversing the shift that occurred when DHS was created nearly 20 years ago.
For DHS, some of that loss would be offset by additional hiring mainly projected for border security and other law enforcement positions, making its total 193,000.
Among the other largest departments, DoD would be virtually unchanged at 774,000 but the VA would gain 15,000 to 405,000.