When I came to Washington half a century or so ago, one of the first phrases I heard was, "good enough for government work." It was a putdown, not kindly meant. Now a survey in the Washington Post reports that federal employees themselves are less satisfied with their jobs than they used to be, that their morale is sinking.
The survey was posted by the government's Office of Personnel Management. The survey had been done every two years. ThIs is the first time it's been done annually,
Pay is part of it. Just 22% said those who do a good job are paid accordingly. It varies from agency to agency. 59% of employees at the National Archives were happy compared to 74% at NASA.
And it probably won't get better. I can't think of any Congressman who campaigned in favor of increasing government salaries, can you?