Bombshell Report Reveals Less Than 50% Of Biden’s Federal Offices Are Occupied
It may be time to return to the office if you work for the federal government.
President Joe Biden is facing some criticism after a memo claimed that less than 50% of federal offices are being occupied after declaring the end of the pandemic. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), over half of the federal agency workforce isn’t in the office. Sent to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the alarming memo sheds light on how federal agencies spend nearly $2 billion in taxpayer dollars every year to keep federal office buildings running – and over $5 billion in leases annually.
The collected data comprises 24 agencies for one week between January, February, and March 2023. The numbers vary, given the type of agency. Coming in for the top spot of in-office staff is the State Department with 49%, and the least occupied space with a tie is the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Social Security Department with only 7%. Small Business Administration (SBA) only had 9% of space occupied, and the General Services Administration and Department of Agriculture came in together at a measly 11%.
Ernst pointed the finger at HUD, blaming its lack of filled space on Biden. “The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s abandoned building is a sad symbol of the failure of the Biden administration,” Ernst said. “Under Bidenflation, buying and renting is a whole lot more expensive, and instead of getting the homeless off the streets, no one is even home at HUD.”
However, White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients knows the issue and has been pushing Cabinet secretaries to break the WFH policies. In early December 2023, Zients met with two secretaries to discuss the importance of working in person again. He also visited the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy to meet with senior leaders to push the narrative of how important it is for the President’s goals. VA Secretary Denis McDonough said he understands what Biden is trying to accomplish.
“The president was clear in his State of the Union. Jeff Zients has been clear with the cabinet,” McDonough said.
“He’s been clear because he understands management. He understands efficiency. And he understands how well-functioning organizations work.”