Dennis A Ross

Baltimore area's federal agencies a 'growth industry'

Baltimore area's federal agencies a 'growth industry'

Despite budget cuts and anti-government rhetoric in Congress, Maryland officials say the two huge federal agencies based in Woodlawn — which have long helped buoy the region's economy — may be better positioned than others to ride out the political turbulence expected over the next several years.

An aging baby boomer generation should insulate the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from looming cuts, economists say. And there will be even more work at the Medicare-Medicaid office, known as CMS, if the nation's new health care law takes effect.

The fate of the two agencies, which have been based in Baltimore County for decades,...