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H.R. 6938 - Rightsizing the Federal Workforce Through Attrition Act

Sponsor: Mike Bishop (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-27
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
 

Rightsizing the Federal Workforce Through Attrition Act

This bill directs the Office of Management and Budget to reduce the total number of federal employees.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6938


    To reduce the size of the Federal workforce through attrition, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2018

    Mr. Bishop of Michigan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


A BILL

    To reduce the size of the Federal workforce through attrition, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Rightsizing the Federal Workforce Through Attrition Act”.

SEC. 2. Federal workforce reductions through attrition.

(a) Limitation.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The President, acting through the Office of Management and Budget and in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, shall take appropriate measures to ensure that, effective beginning in fiscal year 2019 and during each fiscal year thereafter, the total number of Federal employees shall not exceed 90 percent of the total number of Federal employees as of September 30, 2018, as determined under subsection (b).

(2) COUNTING RULE.—For purposes of this Act, any determination of the number of employees in an agency shall be expressed on a full-time equivalent basis.

(b) Monitoring and notification.—The Office, in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management—

(1) shall continuously monitor all agencies and make a determination, as of September 30, 2018, and the last day of each quarter of each fiscal year beginning thereafter, as to whether the total number of Federal employees exceeds the maximum number allowable under subsection (a); and

(2) if a determination under paragraph (1) is made that the total number of Federal employees exceeds such maximum, shall provide written notice of that determination to the President and Congress.

(c) Compliance.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Whenever, with respect to the quarter ending after September 30, 2018, the Office provides written notice under subsection (b)(2) that the total number of Federal employees exceeds the maximum number allowable under subsection (a), no agency may appoint any employee to fill any vacancy within such agency until the Office provides written notice to the President and Congress of a determination under subsection (b)(1) that the total number of Federal employees no longer exceeds the maximum number allowable under subsection (a).

(2) REPLACEMENT RATE.—To the extent necessary to achieve the workforce reduction required by this section, the Office, in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, shall take appropriate measures to ensure that agencies shall appoint no more than 1 employee for every 3 employees retiring or otherwise separating from Government service after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d) Waiver for emergencies.—This section may be waived upon a determination by the President that—

(1) the existence of a state of war or other national security concern so requires; or

(2) the existence of an extraordinary emergency threatening life, health, public safety, property, or the environment so requires.

(e) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) the term “agency” means an Executive agency as defined by section 105 of title 5, United States Code, but does not include the Government Accountability Office;

(2) the term “Federal employee” means an employee as defined by section 2105 of such title;

(3) the term “Office” means the Office of Management and Budget; and

(4) the term “total number of Federal employees” means the total number of Federal employees in all agencies.


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