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Biggest winners and losers in White House’s workforce estimate

May 24, 2017 (Photo Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS, AFP)
Tucked in the White House’s fiscal 2018 budget are the analytical perspectives outlining the Trump administration’s outlook on several issues, including for the federal workforce.

Related: Read the analysis

Agency reorganization plans are not due until June 30, but the budget projects that the federal government will add 30,000 employees in 2017, followed by some workforce reductions the following year.

“From 2017 to 2018, increases totaling approximately 23,000 [full-time equivalents] are seen across seven of the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies, and decreases totaling approximately 24,000 FTE occur across 17 of the CFO Act agencies,” the analysis said.

“The increases are primarily driven by growth of civilians in three security-related agencies (Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security).”

While those agencies will get a boost, others will be seeing double-digit losses. Here’s a rundown of where those agencies stand by workforce percentage.

Winners

Department of Homeland Security, up 4.4 percent

Border security, cybersecurity and immigration issues will drive a $44-billion budget increase for DHS. The Office of Management and Budget projects the agency will gain 8,000 employees in fiscal 2018.

Office of Personnel Management, up 4.1 percent

Though smaller, OPM will be at the center of the federal government’s workforce restructuring and recruitment efforts, in addition to operations the National Background Investigation Bureau and federal retirement benefits. OMB projects that the agency will add 200 more personnel in fiscal 2018.

Department of Veterans Affairs, up 2.2 percent

The Trump budget bolsters resources to meet both health care demands and needed technology upgrades. OMB projects that the VA will add 7,800 personnel in fiscal 2018.

Department of Defense’s military programs, up 1.3 percent

Since DoD received the lion’s share of the budget spending increases, it’s not surprising to see a personnel jump for military services. OMB projects the department will add 9,400 personnel in fiscal 2018.  

Losers

Environmental Protection Agency, down 24.3 percent

The EPA saw some of the largest cuts in the budget and that will inevitably trickle down to the workforce. The agency is projected to lose 3,800 employees, roughly a quarter of its workforce.

National Labor Relations Board, down 17.3 percent

Though the NRLB has hovered between 1,500 to 1,600 personnel in the past three years. OMB projects the labor relations office is projected to drop 300 employees in fiscal 2018.

Federal Communications Commission, down 12.2 percent

The agency, which is funded by regulatory fee collections, is cutting back from its fiscal 2017 budget, presumably with some deregulatory efforts. OMB projects the FCC will drop 200 people in fiscal 2018.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, down 9.3 percent

Speculation has swirled around the fate of the consumer advocacy office ever since Trump took office. Budget cuts to the CFPB are expected to roughly 200 personnel in fiscal 2018.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, down 8.6 percent

The nuclear agency’s budget has been steadily declining since fiscal 2014 and will continue to fall following streamlining efforts. OMB projects NRC will lose 300 personnel in fiscal 2018.

The report noted that the numbers reflected funding under a fiscal 2017 continuing resolution and could be subject to change.
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