The GOP has made it official.
According to Ed O’Keefe at the Washington Post, House Republicans have announced a plan to allow federal agencies to make just one new hire for every three employees who leave. The goal is to downsize the federal workforce by 10 percent in the next four years.
If passed, the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to track the size of the federal workforce on a quarterly basis and report to Congress in writing if the number of employees exceededs 90 percent of its current size in fiscal 2011. No agency would be permitted to fill job vacancies once the limit was exceeded.
Federal workers have seen hiring freezes, pay freezes and proposals to cut back on their pension benefits in recent months. Now they may have to figure out how to make due without one out of every ten coworkers.
Whether you see this as a necessary evil and the first step toward restoring fiscal responsibility or as misguided policy and a reckless attempt to score political points has been debated ad nauseum. But since it’s looking like this could well become a reality, it may be time to start thinking about how to make the most of the situation.
What ideas do you have for how your agency could deal with fewer workers? Are there ways that haven’t been thought of for getting by with a smaller cadre of employees? Basically, what do you think the effect on your agency is going to be if something like this passes?
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