Armed Forces News

The House is considering a measure that would reduce the number of civilian employees at the Defense Department by 15 per cent over the next four years.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA, who introduced the measure Feb. 9, says enactment of H.R. 916 would save the government an estimated $125 billion.

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The reduction would remain in effect from 2025 through 2029. It would authorize the Secretary of Defense to offer voluntary separation and early retirement pay incentives to achieve the desired reduction.

Agencies also would have the option of selecting those for separation by job performance rather than tenure. The bill is now pending before the House Armed Services Committee.