Lawmakers take another run at workforce

Once again, feds are the target of legislation to trim the workforce. A new bill introduced Sept. 23 in both chambers of Congress would cut the workforce by 10 percent through attrition. 

The aptly named Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act was introduced in Senate and House versions (S. 1611 and H.R. 3029) by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.). The attrition would accomplish the 10 percent cut by 2015, and would save an estimated $139 billion over the next 10 years, according to the sponsors.

For more information, read the original article in our sister publication, Federal Daily.

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Reader comments

Wed, Sep 28, 2011 meg

This proves once again that Congress has no idea of how to run a business. If a business got rid of their workers, but still had the work to do, how would they get the work done? How long would they stay in business without satisfying the customer? The government work is not going away any time soon, so why get rid of the workers? If you replace them with contractors, it will cost 1/3 as much as the vendor will want to put his overhead on top of the employee salary plus make a profit. To be honest, I see folks out of work that are mad at whoever has a job, and the federal worker has always born the brunt of the joke. Why can't we reduce the contractor staff (seriouly many make more than $350k per year) and replace them with cheaper federal workers. Sure, there are bad apples in every business, but give management the tools they need to fix the problems instead of saying that if you get rid of anyone, you can't replace them. What ever happened to the common sense that this country was built on?

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

This is not correct what the Republicans want to do. They are trying to take away the jobs of the hard working people who secure everyones information. The Republicans think they can save money but they are going to DUPE the country by cutting the workforce. Yes they can put the hiring freeze but why cut the workforce people are retiring one by one as it is and if they have a hiring freeze then there is no need for any workforce cut because the people who will be retiring will be more than what they want to cut in the 10 years. But, they are taking our country to a dark cell.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011 Tired of being hit Albuqerque, NM

Since it is only the federal staff that will be cut, the agencies will then hire contractors at a much higher cost to do the work and thus increase the deficit by some enormous amount... way to go...We also need to cut the congressional staff by 50% in the same timeframe.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011 Pete

Cutting the Federal workforce without also divesting itself of missions that are not really "core" to the Government's ultimate purpose will be ineffective - totally. It does not strike at the heart of the issue - an increasingly bloated government which is performing functions that are not really necessary to the effective management of Nation's needs.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

I would be perfectly ok with this as long as the reduction were focused on the performance of the worker. There are jobs that can be eliminated. Those people hang on for dear life and they never leave. Many of those who leave move on to bigger and better things, leaving gaping holes in knowledge and skill. A serious look should be taken at which jobs are necessary to eliminate - not just a blind RIF through attrition.

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