Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Deficit proposal would increase one federal workforce -- at the expense of military jobs

By Joe Davidson
Anne Bartlett

With calls for freezing their pay and reducing the government's workforce, federal employees can find lots to worry about in recommendations made this week by the co-chairmen of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

There is one item, however, which would actually increase the number of federal workers, though not nearly enough to fully compensate for the cut of 200,000 federal positions by 2020 proposed by the chairmen.

Deep in their list of 58 recommendations, number 53 calls for more federal civilian workers, but at the expense of those in the military.

The chairmen, Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, who served as White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration, suggested replacing "military personnel performing commercial activities with civilians."
Commercial activities are such things as trash removal, fire prevention, certain communication services and recreational activities for the troops.

"This option eliminates 88,000 military personnel who are performing clearly commercial types of activities and replaces them with 62,000 civilians, at considerable per-employee savings," the chairmen's report said.

Why would it take 26,000 fewer civilians?

"One-third of the military positions can be eliminated during the conversion because civilians are not required to carry out military specific duties on top of their commercial duties," the report explained.

Simpson and Bowles estimated the savings would be $5.4 billion by 2015.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Joe Davidson  | November 12, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Military  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Supreme Court declines to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
Next: TSA employees can vote on union representation, labor board rules


Interesting News! I just now printed Coupons of my Favorite Brands at

Posted by: obiepablo13 | November 13, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Hello,Christmas is coming soon, give family, friends, love, his own gift ready?
If not, then let's go!
welcome to:[[ ]]

Air jordan(1-24)shoes $33
Nike shox(R4,NZ,OZ,TL1,TL2,TL3) $33
Handbags(lv fendi d&g) $33
Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
Sunglasses(Oakey,gucci,Armaini) $12
New era cap $9
Bikini (Ed hardy,polo) $18

===== ====

Posted by: itkonlyyou382 | November 15, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

But then they won't be able to use the new commercial:

Join the Army, take out the trash.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 15, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company