Audrey Smith. Lydell King. Cynthia Lee. "We hear a lot about the federal government’s bloat, its bureaucracy, its waste," reports Topic. "What we don’t hear much about are the people who actually work in public service, who aren’t elected and whose careers span multiple presidents and parties. Topic went to Washington, D.C., recently to meet and photograph 15 of these folks -- all members or leaders of AFGE District 14 -- in its inaugural edition, "State of the Union." Smith (left) is a Federal Pretrial Services officer at the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, King (center) is a performance consultant at the U.S. Coast Guard, and Lee(right) is a practical nurse at the Andrew Rader Health Clinic, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Click here to meet all 15; photographs by Jared Soares.