The fear in the federal workforce is palpable.
"Obviously, the end of my run is here," predicted a Department of Agriculture employee, sure that the new administration won't be friendly to his agency.
"The war on federal workers has just begun," another declared in an online federal worker forum.
The country's 2.1 million federal workers have survived decades of government reinvention and massive outsourcing to contractors. But with the inauguration of Donald Trump less than two weeks away, this threat feels different.
All over the nation's capital panicked job searches are under way among its legions of badge-wearing, Metro commuting, "I-can't-talk-to-you-I-work-for-the-government" federal employees.
"Does The Post have any openings?" one very experienced federal worker asked me, right after another sent her resume my way.
The dusting off of resumes had to set off some air quality warning. Oh wait. Is the EPA already gone?