The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, making it the largest workforce in history, the Washington Times reports.
The government will hire 2.15 million people in 2010 and 2.11 million in 2011 in both the civilian and defense sectors, not including Postal Service workers.
That is the biggest federal work force since the 1990s.
Most of the added positions are on the civilian side, with many of the new workers being added due to the 2010 Census. But even when the Census is done and the workers are let go, the overall workforce will still be the largest in recent years.
The proposed increase is tucked into President Barack Obama's budget that he sent to Congress on Monday.