Sen. Joni Ernst Releases List of Federal Agencies with High Employee No-Show Rates Post-COVID

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
by Charlotte Hazard


With Christmas fast-approaching, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa put out a “naughty list” of government agencies that have high no-show rates of employees who have not returned to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic ended.

According to Ernst’s list, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security Administration top the list with just 7 percent office occupancy rates.

When COVID-19 hit the world at the start of 2020, more than one-third of U.S. office jobs switched to teleworking. Prior to the pandemic, only about 6 percent of those employed worked mostly from home.

While a lot of the American workforce has resumed in-person work, the federal government is lagging behind.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for empty buildings,” Ernst said in a statement last week. “Forgive me for sounding like the Grinch, but this Christmas, I’m calling on Biden’s bureaucrats to deck the agency halls with federal workers or sell off unused space.”

Other agencies on Ernst’s list include the Treasury Department, Justice Department, Commerce Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

The data shows that those offices have the highest office occupancies between 30 percent to 49 percent.

The Small Business Administration has a 9 percent occupancy rate and the General Services Administration has an 11 percent occupancy rate.

In April 2023, the Biden administration released detailed guidance that encouraged federal employees to return to in person work since the public health emergency ended in May.

According to a federal survey that came out last month, 70 percent of federal employees still work from home to some degree.

Earlier this year, the water supply in at least six federal buildings was contaminated by the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

Investigators told The Washington Times that teleworking may be a big contributor to this due to the lack of people in the buildings.

“COVID’s been over for years, where are the workers?” Ernst asked.

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Just the New reporter Charlotte Hazard is a 2022 Liberty University alumni who graduated with a major in journalism and a minor in government.
Photo “Sen. Soni Ernst” by Sen. Joni Ernst.



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  1. Rocky

    In the real World they would all be fired.