He points to the growth of government spending, but the relatively constant size of the federal workforce. He should give government employees more credit. In the private sector, U.S. manufacturers now produce three and a half times more output per worker hour than they did in the peak manufacturing employment year of 1979. Federal bureaucrats have similarly increased productivity through information technology, computerization, automation, we sites and other improvement that are far less labor intensive as workflows of decades past. There are better benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the federal workforce than number of employees.