President-elect Donald Trump promised to reduce the size and scope of government, and one organization is offering ideas on how to do just that.
Americans for Limited Government says Trump, once he takes office, can reduce the federal workforce – something he pledged during the election campaign.
"If government is going to be doing a lot less functions, then it would stand to reason that the federal workforce can be pared back significantly to reflect that," says Americans for Limited Government spokesman Robert Romano. "You could be looking at rescinding the workforce anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent, depending on the department or agency, and this could all be a part of his plan to limit the size and scope of government."
The non-defense, civilian federal workforce stands at 1.3 million people. OneNewsNow asks how Trump can reduce the federal workforce.
"If there are any problem employees when these assistant secretaries and secretaries get into these various offices, they need to get started immediately because it's a long process," Romano responds, alluding to the difficult nature of firing civil servants.
"There is also a role for Congress here where you can just reduce the amount of full-time equivalent for each department and agency by 10 to 20 percent," he adds, "and that could be 100,000 or 200,000 people who would lose their job or be laid-off."
Romano adds that the government could also avoid replacing baby-boomers who retire.
"The two states that have much of the federal workforce living there, Maryland and Virginia, didn't even go for President-elect Trump [in the election]," he continues. "If Trump is going to keep to his promise of bringing jobs back to America, it should more than offset any reduction in the federal workforce – and if it doesn't, it would mean Trump failed."
Romano also writes that another approach would be to offer limited-time-only incentives for early retirement, funded via a one-time appropriation by Congress.