12,000 DoD Civilian Jobs to be Axed

April 14, 2013

The Defense Department would cut civilian staffs by about 12,200 in fiscal 2014 under the administration’s proposed budget, kicking off an expected five-year cycle of significant staffing cuts.

By the end of 2018, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale said last week, Defense will shed between 40,000 and 50,000 positions, about 5 to 6 percent of its total staffing levels. Defense has about 777,200 civilian employees this year.

But overall, the government’s 2.1 million workforce would grow under the White House plan. The executive branch plans to add a net 6,180 employees next year, a 0.3 percent increase over 2013.

The Treasury Department would see one of the biggest staffing increases: 5.2 percent, or 5,600 employees. Much of that increase would come at the IRS, which would get a 6,361-person staffing increase to bring its ranks to 96,930. Other Treasury agencies would see only small staffing increases, or cuts.

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