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GOP House Leaders Propose Plan to Cut Federal Workforce

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 03:38 PM

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Key House GOP leaders have detailed plans to cut the federal workforce by hiring one person for every three who leave jobs. If adopted, the plan would cut the number of federal workers by 10 percent by 2015, The Washington Post reported.

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Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida: As “these workers leave, we cannot let this opportunity to save taxpayer money pass.”
Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Dennis Ross of Florida, and Jason Chaffetz of Utah put forth the plan, which would save an estimated $127.5 billion over 10 years, if enacted, the Post reported.

Under the plan, the government would be required to track the number of employees and report to Congress quarterly. If the workforce exceeded 90 percent of the current size of government, no agency would be allowed to make hires. Exceptions would be made for emergencies, national security, and war, according to the Post.

Ross told the Post that government statistics show that about 400,000 federal workers are eligible for retirement and, as “these workers leave, we cannot let this opportunity to save taxpayer money pass.” The proposal stems from President Barack Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission and was part of Rep. Paul Ryan’s wide-ranging budget plan, the Post reported.

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