Rep. Jason Chaffetz and two other Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduce legislation that would trim the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next four years.
If passed, the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to track the size of the federal workforce on a quarterly basis and report to Congress in writing if the number of employees exceeds 90 percent of its size in fiscal 2011. No agency would be permitted to fill job vacancies once the limit was exceeded. Agency employees would be tallied on a full-time equivalent basis, according to the legislation.
The president would be able to permit hiring above the legal limit in cases of war, national security concerns, or other national emergencies, according to the bill.