• Workforce Limitations Would Jeopardize DOD’s Mission, Carter Says

    Workforce Limitations Would Jeopardize DOD’s Mission, Carter Says0

    Cuts in the number of senior executives at the Pentagon along with restrictions on the size of DOD’s civilian and contracted services workforce would severely hamper mission-critical programs and the department’s ability to respond to changing mission requirements, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees last week. Carter included his concerns about the workforce limitations in a lengthy list of provisions in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would prompt President Obama to veto the final version of the legislation. A provision in the Senate version would require DOD to trim its career Senior Executive Service force by 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2019 …

  • Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze on Civilian Workers0

    The Defense Department has rescinded a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense, defense agencies and field activities that applied to all vacant positions. The department lifted the freeze, which went into effect March 20, after all organizations finished transferring their personnel records to a central manpower tracking system that provides officials a clearer picture of staffing levels, reported Defense News. The change was needed as the Pentagon imposes a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020 on major DOD headquarters activities. OSD is planning to eliminate 309 positions by FY 2020, said DOD spokesman Eric Badger. Of those positions, 243 currently are filled. “We continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,” Badger said of those workers. The issue of headquarters reductions should remain on the front burner as Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain and Defense Secretary Ash Carter focus on reforming the department, according to the story.

  • Five-Year Pentagon Initiative to Cut Staff Costs by 25 Percent

    Five-Year Pentagon Initiative to Cut Staff Costs by 25 Percent0

    A Defense Department “delayering” initiative will trim headquarters staff costs by 25 percent in an effort to save $1.9 billion, according to David Tillotson III, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer. About 300 positions from the office of the secretary of Defense are being eliminated, including 243 that are filled. In defense agencies and field activities, 1,260 positions are slated for reduction. The streamlining is part of a broader reform, in which the department is restructuring its business processes and practices, particularly in support areas …

  • Ft. Jackson to Convert Hospital to Outpatient Clinic

    Ft. Jackson to Convert Hospital to Outpatient Clinic0

    The 24-bed Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson, S.C., will be scaled down to a health clinic next month that no longer offers inpatient medical and behavioral health services, officials said Tuesday. Complex surgical or behavioral health cases requiring overnight stays will be sent to nearby hospitals in Columbia or the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, about 80 miles away. Those facilities already provide inpatient and surgical care for higher complexity cases that cannot be performed at Moncrief, according to a press release. “Moncrief will continue to provide full-service primary care to all eligible Fort Jackson beneficiaries,” said Moncrief commander Col. Traci Crawford …

  • Policy Bill Would Streamline Senior Leadership, Contractor Workforce0

    The fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill approved Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee would impose a series of caps on senior military officers and civilians, and contractors performing staff functions in headquarters. The reforms are one component of a broad array of changes the annual defense policy bill would make throughout the DOD organization — the office of the secretary of Defense and the defense agencies, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the combatant commands and the military services — and follow 13 hearings the panel conducted last fall with defense experts. “This is a reform bill. The NDAA contains the most sweeping reforms of the organization of the Department of Defense in a generation,” said Committee Chairman John McCain …

  • Critics Slam DOD for Growth in Civilian Workforce0

    As the Department of Defense continues to look at ways to manage its budget challenges, the DOD civilian workforce has been a point of contention for many defense experts. The size of the civilian workforce has increased 15 percent since 2010, according to Federal News Radio. The American Enterprise Institute recently released a scathing report criticizing the department for its failure to reduce its civilian and contract workforce.