DOD workforce cuts buys short reprieve from sequestration

A Republican congressman has proposed a new plan that aims to slash 10 percent of the federal workforce to avoid the first year of sequestration cuts to the Defense Department, reports Camille Tuutti at Federal Computer Week.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) introduced Dec. 14 legislation that would reduce one-tenth of the government workforce over 10 years by hiring only one federal employee for every three who retire. The measure seeks to apply the savings to pay for one year of sequestration, for defense and non-defense categories.

The failure of the so-called congressional supercommittee to identify $1.2 trillion dollars in savings over 10 years triggered automatic sequestration that would cut military funding by $500 billion.

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