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Federal Government Consolidation: Consequences For Workers

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President Obama is calling for a consolidation of government agencies and a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending. He gave several examples of government inefficiency in his State of the Union address -- one of them he called his favorite.

"The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they're in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked," Obama said.

Of course government consolidation could have big ramifications for our area. WAMU's host of "All Things Considered," Pat Brogan, spoke with Ed O'Keefe to talk about what this could mean for government workers. He writes the "Federal Eye" blog for the Washington Post.

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