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An Easy Way the Pentagon Could Save $5 Billion a Year


thefiscaltimes articleThe following is an excerpt from Kellie Lunney, Government Executive | December 8, 2015 | Thefiscaltimes.com |

Replacing military personnel in Defense Department support jobs with civilian employees could eventually save the federal government billions annually, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis.

Converting 80,000 full-time jobs held by active-duty service members to civilian positions could yield between $3.1 billion and $5.7 billion per year in eventual savings, the nonpartisan CBO estimated. CBO analyzed compensation costs, including pay, health insurance, and other benefits that military personnel and civilian employees receive.

“CBO estimates that if all the services adopted the approach of the service with the smallest percentage of military personnel in each commercial occupation, about 80,000 active-duty positions could be available for conversion,” the analysis said. CBO said the services could consider conversion as a way to help them comply with sequestration.

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