Constraints on Civilian Hiring Pegged to FY 2010 Spending Levels
Recent announcements that the Army will reduce its civilian workforce and the Air Force has imposed a hiring freeze are tied to a Pentagon requirement to limit funding for civilians to fiscal 2010 levels.
The Air Force intends to trim planned growth in its civilian workforce by more than 16,000 employees by FY 2012. “Future civilian funding across the Air Force will be a significant challenge due to budget reductions and the associated Department of Defense requirement to limit civilian funding to FY10 levels,” an Air Force spokeswoman told Stars and Stripes.
“The Air Force will continue to reassess the need for additional steps to achieve necessary civilian workforce levels while minimizing the impact on current personnel,” she said.
Similarly, the Army is trying to shave its civilian workforce by 8,741 employees by Sept. 30, 2012, to reach its FY 2010 level. The service plans to rely on attrition rather than dismissing employees, Stars and Stripes reported.
The Marine Corps has indefinitely extended a previously imposed hiring freeze and now is assessing its civilian workforce needs.
The Navy is the only service that has not put a civilian hiring freeze in place this calendar year, according to the story.