This bill would seek to reduce the total number of federal employees by establishing a process for limiting new hires based on the number of workers who have retired or left their jobs. It would require a 10 percent reduction in the federal workforce, which would be maintained thereafter.
For every three federal employees that retire or leave their job, one new hire would be permitted. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would make an assessment each quarter whether new hires exceed the 1-to-3 ratio.
If the OMB finds that the ratio has been violated, a hiring freeze would go into effect until the ratio is back in compliance. To prevent vacated positions from being backfilled by service contracts, the decrease in federal employment would be matched by a decrease in service contracts procured.
There would be an exception, as the president could waive the rule because of war, national security, or an extraordinary emergency that threatens the life, health, safety, or property of Americans.