19 May 2014

Dear Colleague:
As we consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY15 and later this year,
the Defense Appropriations bill, we would like to bring to your attention a key issue as it relates
to the civilian employees at the Department of Defense.
As you know, DoD has three workforces—military, civilian, and contractor—and each plays a
vital and indispensable role in ensuring national security. Nevertheless, some lawmakers are
using sequestration as a pretext to slash the number of civilian employees, portraying them as
overpaid, Washington, D.C., paper-pushers who contribute little to national security. The size of
the civilian workforce must be slashed, they insist, to pay for modernization and readiness.
In fact, only 6,000 civilian employees work in the Pentagon. More than 80% of civilian
employees work outside of the National Capital Region, and across the nation. For example,
60,000 civilian employees work in California. Almost one-half of civilian employees are
veterans, and these men and women are as proud of their civil service as their military service.
More specifically, 275,000 civilians perform essential and important functions including but not
limited to logistics and force management; systems acquisition, test and evaluation, engineering
and contracting. Quite simply, DoD could not perform its mission without its experienced and
dedicated civilian workforce. The civilian workforce is not growing on the backs of military
personnel. In fact, the civilian workforce enables military personnel the ability to do their
specific job and deploy around the world with the tools and equipment essential to their
mission. Civilian employees provide vital education and training, family support, and health
care services.
Slashing the civilian workforce does not promote increased readiness and reduce the cost of
modernization because civilian employees are already largely responsible for such
functions. We hope you that this will consider the contributions civilians make as part of the
total DoD workforce when considering the defense authorization and appropriations bills for
Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
Rep. J im Moran (VA-8)
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6)

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