House Introduces Bill That Would Shift Performance of Certain Military Activities to Civilian Contractors

April 9, 2013

House Introduces Bill That Would Shift Performance of Certain Military Activities to Civilian Contractors

On February 25, 2013, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced the “Smarter Than Sequester Defense Spending Reduction Act” (H.R. 804). This bill would replace sequestration’s across-the-board cuts in defense spending with a series of targeted spending reductions over the next 10 years. Among these spending reductions would be a requirement to cut $53 billion in spending by replacing 88,000 military personnel who perform commercial-type activities at military bases with 62,000 local civilian contractors. Additionally, the bill would require $52 billion in cuts to planned spending on “Other Procurement” by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force. The bill was referred to the House Committee on the Budget. 

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