Joseph Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association: "At the end of the day, Americans' perceptions of our federal workforce should be shaped by the services federal workers provide for us all - keeping our food safe, maintaining our communications networks, protecting our national parks and so much more.
"The millions of daily federal employee accomplishments should not - and ultimately will not - be tarnished by the news cycle."
Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service: "I am very worried about the health of our workforce. This is a moment which requires courageous leadership from President Obama and Congress. The public is being given real reason for disappointment with our government, but we will get worse, not better, outcomes if the leadership response is to continue to penalize the entire workforce for the mistakes of a few.
"We need forthright and targeted handling of the mistakes and improved leadership attention to the needs of the workforce," he said.
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Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement of Capital Insight, Washington Post Media's independent polling group, contributed to this report.