Yes, I can believe this number. You sound a bit innocent with the fantabulous potential of socialism (no offense... just teasing ;)
These are 1999 figures about another socialist country, smaller than ObaMARX-Land (aka the "USA") :
(note: and that's NOT including any type of govt contractors)
Let's see... some trivial math, shall we?
2.3 millions public "servants" for 60 millions total inhabitants ~ 4 % of total population... that is, when applied to the USA (as it is being geared to, anyway) :
4 % out of 315 millions... 12 millions of a potential public servants "pool" (again: NOT counting any federal govt contractors, yet).
See? That makes for a fair margin yet to explore!
My name is pronounced like "see real". I code stuff for a living and for pleasure. I care quite a bit about language.
I think America should consider doing the same, and... ASAP!