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  • It is an acronym for Non-seasonal Full-time Permanent, see below for more types of employment: ·        All employees: this category includes all Federal employees. ·        Permanent (P): this category includes all employees hired with no absolute end date. ·        Full-time (FT): this category includes all employees working a 40-hour work week. ·        Full-time Non-seasonal (FTNS): this category includes all employees working a 40-hour work week year-round. ·        Full-time Permanent (FTP): this category includes all employees working a 40-hour work week with no absolute end date. ·        Non-seasonal Full-time Permanent (NSFTP): this category includes all employees working a 40-hour work week year round with no absolute end date.
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  • OPM data do not include contractors.
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  • As of September 2012, California has 175,623 (8.3%) federal employees; the District of Columbia has 159,182 (7.5%) federal employees; Virginia has 155,025 (7.3%) federal employees; Texas has 146,346 (6.9%) federal employees; and Maryland has 136,916 (6.5%) federal employees.
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  • Production data are typically released every month. “Status” data (cross-sections; used for total employment aggregates) are available one to two months after the end of each month. “Dynamics” data (all personnel actions; used for hiring numbers, retirement figures, etc.) require more time, approximately four months from the end of a particular month, to become production data because of the late actions, cancellations, and corrections, which Status data do not have.
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  • The coverage is in fact exclusively Federal and exclusively civilian, but the data exclude a few major components of the Executive Branch (most notably the Postal Service and many intelligence agencies) and include some pieces of the Legislative Branch. For specific exclusions and inclusions, visit FedData on the OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/#url=SDM .
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  • As of September 2012, there are 320,575 (15.2%) Federal Employees with duty stations inside of the DC CBSA and 1,789,646 (84.8%) outside of the DC CBSA.
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  • As of September 2012, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV CBSA has 320,575 (15.2%) federal employees; the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA CBSA has 60,634 (2.9%) federal employees; the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC CBSA has 47,574 (2.5%) federal Employees; and the Baltimore-Towson, MD CBSA has 46,519 (2.2%) federal employees. 
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  • The EHRI-SDM contain over 100 different variables, or data elements, for each employee. The vast majority of these elements pertain strictly to employment. Items such as marital status or residence are not collected by the Federal Government. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), most of the OPM’s data are public information, even data at the individual level. Certain exclusions apply, however. Visit http://www.opm.gov/information-management/freedom-of-information-act/ for more information including requesting individualized data. Requests that are not specific to certain employees can be handled through FedStats@opm.gov. For the complete guide to what elements OPM data include, visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/data-policy-guidance/#url=Data-Reporting-Guidance
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  • As of September 2013, Department of Veteran Affairs has 337,683 (16.3%) federal employees in pay status; Department of Army has 261,029 (12.6%) federal employees; Department of Navy has 194,301 (9.4%) federal employees; Department of Homeland Security has 193,867 (9.4%) federal employees; and Department of Air Force has 167,439 (8.1%) federal employees. 
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