Senators Call for Contractor Cuts to Match DoD Workforce Cuts

May 1, 2012

Twenty-six Democratic senators are pressing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to cap the number of contract employees it relies on if the Defense Department decides to cap its civilian workforce at 2010 levels.

"We are concerned that while the size of the civilian workforce is proposed to be cut back to FY 2010 levels, no comparable constraints were imposed on workforce hired through contractors," the senators said in an April 25 letter to Panetta.

The senators, led by Ohio's Sherrod Brown and New York's Kirsten Gillibrand, said they are concerned that proposed cuts to the department's civilian workforce would prompt managers to hire contracting firms instead. Federal workers cost less, the senators said. 

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