There was a time not so long ago when I was facing potential downsizing. In my mind, additional work was a commodity. There were folks in my division who would shy away from taking on the most difficult projects due to fear of failure. I jumped at everyone of them. My logic being that in an environment where we are looking to shed dead wood, I wanna be the most living wood that can be found.
The Libertarian in me says that if you are a non-essential government worker you need to be fired and your job eliminated.