Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming

Lummis-Mulvaney Bill Cuts Federal Workforce by Attrition

Introduced legislation expected to save billions, limit size of government.

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Washington, January 20, 2015 | Joe Spiering ((202) 225-2311) | comments
"Real, productive job creation takes place on Main Street America not in the bloated federal government.”
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Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) introduced the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act.  The bill limits new federal hires to one employee for every three that retire or leave service, saving a previously estimated $35 billion over five years without forcing any current federal employees out of a job.  If a federal agency were to refuse complying with the legislation’s hiring limits it would result in a federal hiring freeze.

“We’ve racked up over $18 trillion in debt simply because Washington has no idea when to stop spending,” said Rep. Lummis. “Attrition is a solution that requires the federal government to do what any business, state, or local government would do to cut costs—limit new hires.  Instead of blindly filling empty desks, this bill forces agencies to take a step back, consider which positions are crucial, and make decisions based on necessity rather than luxury.  Real, productive job creation takes place on Main Street America not in the bloated federal government.”

“It’s no secret that the federal government is way too big and spends way too much,” said Rep. Mulvaney.  “This bill is a big step in the direction of efficiency, and I’m hopeful this common-sense approach is something my colleagues across the aisle can agree on as it was part of the plan written by the President’s Fiscal Commission.  I’m proud to have worked with Rep. Lummis to reintroduce it in the 114th Congress.”

How the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act Works

  • Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make ongoing, quarterly determinations of whether new hires exceed the 1 to 3 ratio of the employees who have retired or left since the bill was enacted.
  • Aided by attrition, the bill requires a net 10 percent reduction in the civilian federal workforce (excluding postal employees) by September 30, 2016, after which the 10 percent reduction must be maintained.
  • If OMB’s quarterly determinations violate either the attrition ratio or the global cap instituted in 2016, the bill institutes a hiring freeze until compliance is met.
  • Allows a presidential waiver for a state of war, national security, or an extraordinary emergency threatening life, health, safety, or property.
  • To ensure positions are not simply backfilled by service contracts, the bill matches the decrease in federal employment with the procurement of service contracts.


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Tags: Budget