If you work for DOD, not so much…
The U.S. Defense Department’s possible plans to fire some 6,300 civilian employees next year if automatic budget cuts continue may just be “the tip of the iceberg,” according to a former budget official.
The job cuts would take place instead of mandatory unpaid leaves of absence known as furloughs, according to a planning document first reported by Tony Capaccio, a reporter at Bloomberg News. The number of layoffs may rise as officials review other sources of overhead costs, according to Gordon Adams, a professor at American University and a former White House budget official during the Clinton administration.
From Military.com full article HERE.
Going along with this is a ‘push’ to tax contractor/consultant’s contracts at up to 10% to ‘offset’ the effects of sequestration. E.g. a defacto pay cut for every contractor/consultant, plus reducing the allowable pay a contractor/consultant can make per year to the equivalent of a GS-15 salary and allowances. Sounds like a lot until you factor in the overhead most companies charge, then it’s going to be a significant hit to a lot of the consulting force, many of whom were hired for their years of experience and breadth of knowledge.
This is, to me, a tacit admission that the congresscritters are going along with the administration’s plans to gut the military, and reduce our capabilities world-wide. This in the face of growing threats and more tasking, when at least the Navy and Marines are at the point of not being ready or certified to deploy due to lack of training.
But we know the military doesn’t bring in any democrat votes… sigh