President Dougan Blasts GOP Plan to Delay Sequester by Slashing Federal Workforce


Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 255-9950

Washington, D.C. – In response to Republican House and Senate Armed Services Committee members’ proposal to delay the sequester by reducing the federal workforce by 10% through attrition, National Federation of Federal Employees National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement:

“Slashing the workforce to generate a year’s worth of savings is like cutting off your arm to lose weight for the prom. It makes no sense to permanently diminish the government’s ability to serve the American people in order to finance kicking the can down the road for another year.

The American people aren’t asking for a 10% reduction in our ability to protect our food supply, extinguish wildfires, and defend our borders. When Congress talks about cutting 10% of the federal workforce, they are talking about making it more difficult for agencies to complete their missions – missions that are vital to our way of life.

The result of these non-strategic, broad-brushed workforce cuts is fewer people doing more work with less resources. Instead of taking the easy way out, Republicans in Congress need to quit the gimmickry and work with Democrats on proposing serious sequestration solutions that prevent unsustainable cuts to the services Americans hold dear.”