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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 01/21/2011

New GOP proposal targets federal workforce

By Lisa Rein

A series of measures proposed Thursday by House conservatives to shrink the federal deficit included several that would fall heavily on the federal workforce.

The Republican Study Committee, who unveiled the plan, called their proposal the "Spending Reduction Act of 2011," and they said it delivers on campaign promises to cut non-defense spending from the federal budget.

It would extend President Obama's pay freeze on federal employees from two years to five, cut the civil service by 15 percent through attrition over a decade, and prohibit federal workers from serving as union officials on government time. The lawmakers claimed these and other changes they proposed would help eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over that 10-year period.

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By Lisa Rein  | January 21, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Budget, Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Cut through attrition? How about some positive cuts? Go through the offices and get rid of the non-performers, the people who are doing jobs that can be replaced by computers, the ones who are waiting out their retirement dates 20 years from now. You'll get real, positive cuts and the employees who actually are worth employing will feel more motivated with less dead wood around.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 21, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Repubs don't have the votes. End of discussion.

Posted by: dgal | January 21, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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