I'll admit I have a dog in this fight, since I applied for the Foreign Service and didn't get in. (What's a QEP, anyway?) Come on, increase those hiring numbers, I would love to work for the State Dept or USAID!
And, of course, I can't help but criticize congress about this (like everything). Congress seems to be concerned about cost (and the deficit) only on programs that don't directly benefit their districts. These same projects, however, are often far more important to the health of the country as a whole than the projects they fight tooth and nail to protect. (Corn ethanol