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Hey, Let's Move Federal Employees to Detroit!

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It's right there in the headline: "Six Crazy Ideas for Saving Detroit."  So it's probably unlikely that many people will take seriously item no. 5 on the list compiled by the Washington Post's Wonkblog: "Move federal workers to Detroit."

"There are about 2.7 million federal civilian workers," the Wonkbloggers note. "If 10 percent of them moved to Detroit over the next decade, that would be an extra quarter-million people. Many workers would bring their families with them, and their spending would create additional jobs in the city."

It wouldn't exactly be a forced march. Under the proposal, new federal employees (to the extent agencies are allowed to hire them these days) would be assigned to agency satellite offices in Detroit, and those already working for Uncle Sam would be provided financial incentives to relocate to Motor City. 

So congratulations, feds: You've survived a lengthy pay freeze, sequestration and furloughs. If you're interested in being made whole, then next stop, Detroit!

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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