Bush official backs off pledge to cut 40,000 managers

The Bush administration is not going to force federal agencies to eliminate 40,000 management positions, as President Bush proposed during his campaign, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Wednesday. The administration is still pushing agencies to reduce the number of managers and eliminate organizational layers, but Daniels said the workforce analyses that OMB has ordered agencies to conduct would determine the number of positions to be cut. "We don't know what the number is going to be," Daniels said at a meeting of the American Association of Budget and Program Analysis. "We'll let the facts dictate the changes." At a campaign stop in Philadelphia in June, Bush promised that, under his administration, 40,000 of the 80,000 mid- and senior-level federal managers who were expected to retire in the next eight years would not be replaced. But the Office of Personnel Management estimates that 72,913 of the 182,618 front-line, middle and senior-level supervisors and managers in the federal government will retire from 2001 to 2008. Even if half of all managers were not replaced, the Bush administration would fall short of its de-layering goal by more than 3,500 managers. In a May 8 bulletin, Daniels instructed agencies to analyze their workforces to identify the number of employees each federal supervisor oversees. The analyses must be completed by the end of June. Then agency leaders must develop restructuring plans aimed at reducing the number of managers and layers in their organizations. Agencies must submit their restructuring plans along with their fiscal 2003 budget proposals, which go to OMB in the fall. Daniels didn't mention the campaign's 40,000 target in the bulletin. At the budget analysts meeting this week, he confirmed that the administration is no longer standing by that number.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.