S. 1611 (112th): Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act of 2011

Sep 22, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

H.R. 3029 (same title)
Reported by Committee — Nov 03, 2011

Ron Johnson
Senior Senator from Wisconsin
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Related Bills
H.R. 3029 (Related)
Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act of 2011

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Nov 03, 2011

S. 1611 (Related)
Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act of 2011

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 22, 2011


This bill was introduced on September 22, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 22, 2011
Referred to Committee Sep 22, 2011
Full Title

A bill to reduce the size of the Federal workforce through attrition, and for other purposes.


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18 cosponsors (18R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act of 2011 - Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to take appropriate measures to ensure that:
(1) the total number of federal employees, beginning in FY2015, does not exceed 90% of the total number of such employees as of September 30, 2011;
(2) agencies do not appoint, until the end of FY 2014, more than one employee for every three employees retiring or otherwise separating from government service; and
(3) there is no increase in the procurement of service contracts due to this Act unless a cost comparison demonstrates that such contracts would be financially advantageous to the federal government.
Requires OMB to continuously monitor all agencies and make a determination whether the total number of federal employees exceeds the limitation imposed by this Act.
Prohibits a federal agency from filling any vacancy unless OMB provides written notice to the President and Congress that the number of federal employees does not exceed the limitation established by this Act.
Allows the President to waive the workforce limitations imposed by this Act if the President determines that the existence of a state of war or other national security concern or the existence of an extraordinary emergency threatening life, health, public safety, property, or the environment so requires.
Allows the President additional discretion to waive such workforce limitations if the President determines that the efficiency of a federal agency or the performance of its critical mission so requires.

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