Defense Bill Measure Would Trim DoD Civilian, Contractor Employees

December 4, 2012

The Senate may wrap up work Tuesday night on the 2013 Defense authorization bill, Senate aides say.

The bill — if passed by Congress — would trim civilian employee positions and contractor employee positions at the Defense Department by 5 percent over five years.

The provision that would cut DoD civilian and contractor staffs — which would save $5 billion through 2017 —was sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and was intended to mirror planned reductions in military personnel end strengths. A statement released last week by the Office of Management and Budget said President Obama’s top advisers would recommend that he veto the bill because of this and other provisions.

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