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California lawmaker wants to cut DOD workforce

As part of an effort to create a more efficient civilian workforce at the Defense Department, one lawmaker wants to reduce the size of the agency.

“[W]e we must address the unsustainable growth within the Defense Department bureaucracy which, if left unaddressed, will ultimately compromise our military training, readiness, and superiority,” California Rep. Ken Calvert (R) said in a news release announcing the introduction of the “Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees Act (or the REDUCE Act). The bill calls for the secretary of defense to use voluntary separation and early retirement incentives to reduce its workforce 15% by 2025.

The cuts could contribute to $125 billion over that time period, according to the Defense Business Board.

Under the bill, the DOD workforce would remain at or below the established 15% reduction cap through 2029 and civilian Senior Executive Service career appointees will be reduced to 1,000 employees by 2025 and remain at or below 1,000 employees also through 2029.

The secretary must initiate the involuntary separations by October 2021 if the 15 percent of the workforce does not separate from the agency voluntarily.

“Our fiscal and national security challenges are intertwined, increasing every day and require immediate action by Congress” Calvert said in his statement.

Reader comments

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

To make the tax payers and citizens more respective of their elected officials this plan would stimulate the economy and benefit all tax payers. Set term limits for congress and senate for 2 or 4 years total. Reduce the compensation by 80-90% Provide basic medical benefits only. No more travel junkets, free gym memberships, hair cuts and meals. If the government shuts down they do not get paid. Have two representatives from each state. But the way the congressman who wants to reduce personnel in DOD must not have got his annual gifts from the defense lobbyists. Maybe he should look for another position since he has done nothing to earn his bloated salary.

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Downsize the congress and senate. Also reduce their salaries by 80% and benefits. They are the most useless over paid bloats in the federal government. They do nothing to help the American tax payer. Time for term limits and hold them accountable.

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

As long as the crooks in congress and senate keep getting their bloated salaries, out of control benefits and perks, this is an area they should reduce the number in each state and begin term limits, a salary reduction and benefits review to make them more in line with ordinary folks.

Thu, Feb 11, 2021 Matt Florida

And regardless how you plan to trim the "fat" the requirements never seem to decrease in proportion. So then defense contractors will be hired to replace the gap in manpower. And then where are your cost savings. I have seen this cycle over and over. To add insult to injury - wait - did I just read someone from the State of California accusing the DoD of excessive spending? Wow - talk casting stones while living in a glass house...

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

If the common American citizen really looked at what the average soldier (army, marian navy) with all of their pay and benefits they would realize these people are already making way more than the average civilian working American.

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