DRAFT DOCUMENTALL NUMBERS ARE FC STAFF ESTIMATES BASED ON CBO AND OTHER SOURCES3.
Cut the federal workforce by 10 percent (2-for-3 replacement rate).
federal workforce has climbed back over 2 million Full-Time Equivalents (FTE).
The government'scivilian, nonmilitary work force peaked in the late 1960s at about 2.3 million. In the 1990s itbegan to drop, reaching a low of 1.778 million in 2000. Recently, however, the size of the
This proposal wouldreduce the federal workforce by 200,000 by 2020.
Under this proposal, the government could hire two new workers for every three who leaveservice.
Thus the bill is not a rigid hiring freeze, but a workforce reduction plan that allows thegovernment to continue bringing in new workers at a slower pace. To decrease the impact onoverall national employment levels, this proposal would not take effect until 2012. All agencieswould be subject to the hiring restrictions. However the president would have discretion to exemptcertain agencies if national security were impacted, as long as the overall workforce targetscontinued to decline and reach the target of 200,000 by 2020.
Eliminate 250,000 non-defense service and staff augmentee contractors.
During the1990s the total size of the federal workforce was reduced by over 402,000 full-timeemployees (FTE), levels not seen since the Eisenhower Administration.
there was only a marginal increase in the number of contract jobs, producing considerable savingsfor taxpayers. In fact, according to Paul Light of New York University, the true size of the federalgovernment was 12,112,000 in 2002, an increase of only 107,000 from 1993, almost all contractslots.At the same time,
Yet, from 2002 to 2005, the federal government experienced a marked increase in the number of contract positions. By the end of 2005 (according to Light’s estimates), more than 2.4 millionadditional contractors had been placed on the federal payroll (more than the total number of civilian employees).
While contractors provide useful services – sometimes at a lower cost thanthe federal government – their numbers are simply too high in light of the current budget deficit.Under this proposal, non-defense federal agencies would require contractors to provide aheadcount of how many employees are working on federal contracts, and what specific jobs theyare fulfilling. Second, upon completion of the inventory, non-defense agencies would be required tocut the number of contract slots by 250,000, specifically targeting those contractors who provideservices and/or are used to augment the civilian federal workforce. This cut could be across-the-board, or it could be on an agency by agency basis.
This would save about $18.4 billion in 2015.
The average annual federal workers compensation in 2008, including pay plus benefits, was $119,982 according to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis.
According to the Partnership for Public Service, one-third of the 1.9 million member civilian federal workforce is expected to retire or resign inthe next five years. The Partnership expects over 240,000 federal employees to retire between 2008 and 2012.
Paul Weinstein & Katie McMinn Campbell, Return to Fiscal Responsbility II, Progressive Policy Institute, April, 2007
Light, Paul, “The New True Size of Government,” New York University/Wagner School of Public Service, August, 2006.