EPA Trimming the Fat: Agency Nearly Down to Reagan-Era Levels

By NTK Staff | 09.06.2017 @1:02pm
EPA Trimming the Fat: Agency Nearly Down to Reagan-Era Levels

A hiring freeze, buyouts, and early retirement are helping to shrink the bloated agency.

The Trump administration, under the leadership of Administrator Scott Pruitt, is trimming the workforce of the Environmental Protection Agency to levels not seen since the 1980s.

The Washington Post explains:

The EPA employs about 14,880 people, but administration officials made clear this spring that they intended to reduce those numbers in several ways. The agency also has been under a hiring freeze. And in June, the EPA said it planned to offer buyouts and early retirement packages to more than 1,200 people by early September.

Last week, 362 employees accepted a voluntary buyout, according to one agency official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the figures have not been publicly announced. On Aug. 31, a dozen employees retired. Another 33 employees are retiring at the end of September, and 45 additional employees are considering retirement offers.

If all of those employees decide to leave the EPA, the agency’s total staff would drop to 14,428, a level not reached since the last year of the Reagan administration.

“We’re giving long-serving, hard-working employees the opportunity to retire early,” Pruitt said in a statement to NTK. “We’re proud to report that we’re reducing the size of government, protecting taxpayer dollars and staying true to our core mission of protecting the environment and American jobs.”

According to a 2015 survey, the EPA employed 15,561 individuals that year with an average salary of $113,820. The average American income is about $50,000.

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