The Defense Department would cut more than 115,000 civilian employees, under legislation introduced by several House Republicans March 14.
The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would save an about $82.5 billion over the first five year, according to bill sponsors.
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., said in a press release the money spent on unchecked growth in the civilian workforce can be better spent elsewhere.
“The savings generated from [the legislation] should stay within the Department and be redirected to fund service priorities such as modernizing weapons systems, readiness, resetting the force and, most importantly, providing for our fighting men and women in uniform,” Calvert said.
The legislation would also cap the civilian workforce at the reduced levels through Fiscal 2025. It would also reduce the number of senior executive service members to 1,000 and give the DoD secretary more flexibility in weighting job performance over tenure in reducing the workforce.
“Many of our civilians at the Pentagon and around the world do a fine job but their growth is unsustainable.” Calvert said.
The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Kay Granger, R-Texas, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Todd Rokita, R-Ind..