Rep. Jim Moran on Leadership and Scapegoats

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has served in Congress for almost 24 years and is well-known for his efforts on behalf of federal employees and military retirees. Moran, who has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of this term, spoke about the government workforce with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Fox also heads up their Center for Government Leadership.

Q. Do you think federal employees get a fair shake in the public arena?

A. Well, I'm certainly proud of having stood up for the federal workforce because I think that it gets scapegoated. Federal workers are subject to bullying because they can't fight back, and too often their elected folks have not necessarily defended them as strongly as I think they should have. We have a terrific civil service. It's not perfect, but you can't find another large civil service in the world that is as uncorrupt and as effective and responsible as ours.