DoD Planning 40K-50K Civilian Job Cuts Over next 5 Years

April 10, 2013

The Defense Department is planning to cut its civilian workforce by about 5 to 6 percent — between 40,000 and 50,000 positions — by the end of 2018, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale said Wednesday.

The department estimates it will have roughly 777,000 civilian employees at the end of fiscal 2013, and it will cut their ranks to about 765,000 next year, he said.

Many of the civilian cuts would be tied to a future round of base closures, which Hale said would allow Defense to consolidate its underutilized infrastructure.

The White House’s proposed 2014 budget calls for another Base Realignment and Closure round in 2015, although it said the process of closing bases would not begin until 2016 to allow the economy more time to recover.

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