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House Bill Includes Contractor Cuts in Fed Workforce Reduction Bill

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved legislation Thursday to reduce the federal workforce by attrition by 10 percent over the next three years.

By a 23-14 vote, the panel approved the bill which would allow agencies to hire only one federal employee to replace every three workers who retire or leave their job.

The government’s estimated 10.2 million contractors would be included in the cuts along with the approximately 2 million federal employees.

The bill also limits procurement on service contracts to supplement the reduced workforce “except in cases in which a cost comparison demonstrates that such contracts would be to the financial advantage of the government,” according to a report from GovExec.

Contract spending would be cut by the same amount each year that the government spends on federal employees under the proposed legislation.

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