Army starts cutting jobs

The Army will reduce its civilian workforce by more than 8,700 employees over the next year as part of a plan to reduce Defense Department spending, according to an Army report.

About 30 Army commands will lose some employees, but about 80 percent of the job cuts will be from four organizations: the Installation Management Command, the Army Materiel Command, the Training and Doctrine Command, and the Department of the Army headquarters, the report notes.

The reductions will affect more than 106,650 Army employees, according to a GovExec report.

The affected organizations have 30 days to come up with plans for achieving their reduction targets. 

“We are in a very challenging fiscal environment and understand the impact these cuts will have on our civilians and their families,” Thomas Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said in the Army release. “Tough choices have to be made, but we’ll make them in a thoughtful and deliberate manner that best supports the Army’s mission.”

The civilian job reductions are the product of at least three major efforts to streamline DOD and cut spending: one pushed by President Barack Obama, another from sweeping efficiency measures enacted by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates before he left office, and tough budget cuts made under the recent debt-ceiling agreement.

Gates’ successor, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said on Aug. 4 that defense cuts on the table under the debt-ceiling agreement are “within the ballpark” of achievable goals for DOD reducing spending.

“Over past couple years we have focused heavily on the efficiencies aspect, and that continues to be the case with the review going on right now … it’s an iterative process to look at overhead. We fully recognize that at some level … force structure comes into play very dramatically,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the Aug. 4 Pentagon briefing alongside Panetta.

About the Author

Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.