Federal employees oppose proposed Pentagon civilian workforce lower

Corrected 9:55 a.m. | The federal employees union got here out swinging Thursday towards a Republican proposal to cut back the dimensions of the Pentagon’s civilian workforce.

The American Federation of Authorities Workers, in a letter to congressional and administration leaders, criticized a plan to purportedly save $25 billion in every of the following 5 years by not filling a portion of the civilian positions on the Protection Division which are vacated every year.

“The issue with this method is that precise waste just isn’t being lower whereas chopping the civilian workforce will hole out the Division’s capabilities, repeating errors from the previous,” wrote Julie N. Tippens, director of the union’s legislative division, within the letter to protection appropriators and authorizers, congressional management, high officers on the Pentagon and the director of the White Home Workplace of Administration and Funds.

The letter was obtained by CQ Roll Name and has not beforehand been reported.

“Spending extra money on weapon methods or pressure construction capabilities with out the suitable civilian help for sustainment harms readiness and lethality, will increase stress on the pressure, and incurs further alternative prices, detracting from modernization,” wrote Tippens, whose group represents about 750,000 authorities staff, about 250,000 of whom work for the Protection Division.

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