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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Cost-Cutting Exercise at Ft. Bliss Affects Civilian Staffing

  • November 22, 2011
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To meet budget objectives for the new fiscal year, Fort Bliss officials are relying on a campaign to streamline their use of contracts and offering early retirement to some of the post’s 4,000 civilian employees.

While it’s not clear how many workers received the retirement officers, layoffs will remain the “last option,” reports El Paso Inc.

The target for Army-wide cuts had been 10 percent earlier, but Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the installation’s commander, told the newspaper he does not know how much spending will need to be trimmed this year. Still, there is a much greater sense of urgency and the cuts will be much steeper compared to last year when he came to Bliss, he said.

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