11,000 FEDS NO LONGER WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFTER FIRST SIX MONTHS OF ADMINISTRATION - August 7, 2017
Trump Administration, Reversing Trend, Sheds 11,000 Federal Employees in Six Months
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Trump administration has shed nearly 11,000 federal employees during its first six months, reversing a two year trend of gains throughout the executive branch.
A July jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday showed non-postal federal agencies employed 2,188,900 workers at the end of the month, down 2,200 from June and 10,700 from January, when Trump took office. President Trump has prioritized shrinking the civilian workforce, issuing an executive order -- and follow up guidance through the Office of Management and Budget -- calling on agencies to develop short and long-term strategies to cut employees. Agencies turned in preliminary drafts for those plans on June 30, which also required leaders to spell out what steps they have already taken to trim their rolls.