Changes in Federal Civilian Employment.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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In its continuing efforts to control costs, the federal government has repeatedly targeted its civilian workforce of approximately 2 million people for reduction. From the beginning of his administration, President Clinton made employment cuts a priority. In Executive Order 12839 of February 10, 1993, the President instructed agencies to cut employment by 100,000, representing a reduction of about 5 percent from the levels at that time. The National Performance Review recommended reform in personnel, procurement, and other federal management activities that it argued would permit additional cuts in employment totaling around 150,000. Building on those initiatives, the Federal Workforce Restructuring Act of 1994 set limits on employment that would reduce the governments civilian workforce through 1999 by more than 250,000. The legislative branch has not escaped such efforts either. The new Republican majority in the Congress has made reducing employment in that branch of government one of its priorities. By almost any measure, the trend in federal civilian employment is down.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations