Congressman

Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming

Lummis Bill Halts Government Growth

Legislation aggressively halts the sprawl of government, forces agency heads to make government more efficient

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Washington, May 20, 2010 | Hayley Douglass ((202) 225-2311) | comments
Today, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation that institutes tough measures to halt government growth and produce a smaller, leaner federal workforce.
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Today, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation that institutes tough measures to halt government growth and produce a smaller, leaner federal workforce.

Authored by Lummis and introduced along with Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX), H.R. 5348, the Federal Workforce Reduction Act, places an immediate freeze on non-national security hires, makes agencies compete for new hires and reduces the size of government through attrition.

“With national unemployment hovering over 10 percent, millions of Americans are struggling to find work as businesses have been forced to cut man hours. Yet the federal government, fueled by a $1.1 trillion stimulus package and an 84 percent increase in non-defense discretionary spending, continues unchecked growth. 

“This unprecedented government growth is not the answer to getting the country’s economy going again. Big government, with its long arm, taxes, and overreaching mandates, gets in the way of our small businesses and entrepreneurs. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy and should not be crowded out by unchecked government growth.

“My bill, the Federal Workforce Reduction Act aggressively halts the sprawl of government, forces agency heads to make government more efficient, and helps us get back to a people-centered, not government-centered America.”

Background:

Between now and 2012, the federal government is projected to hire 273,000 new federal employees, fueled in part by a $1.1 trillion stimulus and an 84 percent increase in non-defense discretionary spending over the last two years.

Based on previous Congressional Budget Office analysis, the Federal Workforce Reduction Act could potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars in the long term.

The Federal Workforce Reduction Act:

  • Places an immediate freeze on non-national security hires for all non-Defense/Homeland Security/Veterans Agencies.

  • Reduces the size of government by attrition: For every four federal workers that retire, the government will only hire two replacements out of a new “Federal Workforce Hiring Pool.” Agencies would have to compete with each other for the limited amount of hiring slots. 

  • Makes agencies compete for new hires: The bill establishes a competitive process under which all agencies must apply for, and justify new hires.

Requires the public disclosure of hires: The bill requires regular disclosure of all new hires, broken down by agency, to the public and Congress so America can track the Administration’s hiring priorities.
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