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New Bill Seeks to Limit Federal Hires; Rep. Cynthia Lummis Comments

Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) have introduced a new bill that seeks to limit federal agency hiring in an effort to reduce costs without removing federal employees from their job.

Lummis said Tuesday the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act would require agencies to “consider which positions are crucial and make decisions based on necessity rather than luxury.”

The bill wants the government to hire one employee for every three that leave service and failure to comply on the part of a federal agency will result in hiring freeze.

The Office of Management and Budget is tasked under the legislation to determine whether new hires exceed the requirement since enactment of the bill.

A 10 percent net reduction in the civilian federal workforce is expected by Sept. 30, 2016.

The bill also seeks to match the federal employment drop with new service contracts in order to avoid backfilling of positions by service contracts.

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