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Congress Uses Power of Purse to Trim DoD Civilian Hiring

...“There’s been a broad consensus that particularly in the last six to eight years there has been a lot of duplications of effort,” [Katherine] Blakeley [budget research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments] said. “It’s really hard to figure out where DoD is going to [cut] because it requires getting into the nitty-gritty of every single office and a lot of ways it’s basically a deep dive into a potential reorganization or restructuring from the ground up. … One of the things Congress has complained about in the past in particular has been that you cut staff and headquarters but [the staff] ends up getting shuffled around somewhere else.”

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