DCEric said won't argue that the government is more wasteful, but the employees that I have come in contact with work solid 40 hour weeks.
not trying to bash you DC, but this is where I scratch my head and think how entrenched in the cushy gov't environment you must be to think of a solid 40+ hours equates to working "hard."
some people in private have to work second jobs and on weekends (above 70+ hours) just to maintain in this economy, forget getting ahead. (i freelance on the side to complement my full-time)
40 hours a week, plus benefits, plus YOY raises seems like a luxury these days..my neighbor is with DOD (if that matters) and has contracts outstanding with other departments and in dealing w/ them the mentality exists throughout..
with his Private exp - contract deadline = contract deadline, no extensions, capital raises and its understood to come in on wkends weeks before deadline..
at his Federal counterpart - they simply roll deadline to new date, wait for budget increase (via taxes of public) or look for internal capital injection (ie printed money delegated to department).. hasn't worked a weekend yet, and it's abnormal to with his dept.
also have to add that many of his colleagues don't have Private exp and the Federal gig was the only place that hired them, and that seems to be a recurring theme in other departments he works with.