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Rep. Ken Calvert: New Bill Would Cut 115K Civilian Defense Jobs

PentagonNew legislation being introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) is proposing to slash more than 115,000 civilian jobs in the Defense Department, Federal Times reported Monday.

Andy Medici writes the Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees Act is expected to help save nearly $82.5 billion for the first five years after the bill’s implementation.

Calvert said in a release that the savings would be re-channeled to other priority programs to modernize weapon systems, enhance military preparedness and address the needs of warfighters, according to the report.

The bill would also limit the defense civilian workforce through fiscal year 2025 and reduce the number of senior executives to 1,000, Federal Times reports.

Medici writes the defense secretary will work to evaluate job performances in order to shrink the civilian workforce under the bill.

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