While the budget request cuts spending at many agencies, the numbers of full-time employees aren't expected to drop as much.
President Trump's fiscal 2021 budget request released on Monday cuts spending at most major non-defense agencies, but losses to the workforce are not expected to be as steep.
"As mission, service, and stewardship needs should drive the optimal size of the federal workforce, the administration does not set targets for full-time equivalent levels for each agency," the budget documents stated. "While some agencies may choose to reduce [full-time equivalents], in many areas, the administration seeks to increase the workforce protecting the nation domestically and abroad."
Nonetheless the budget predicted how many full-time employees would be working at the major agencies under Trump's plan. Overall, the budget would result in a decrease of 1.5% in the federal workforce (excluding the U.S. Postal Service), from 2.2 million to 2.17 million, the document said. The General Services Administration would see a 21.4% gain in full-time employees because the budget plan assumes that it will absorb much of the Office of Personnel Management's workforce in a merger. Congress so far has blocked such a merger.
The Treasury Department would see a 12.8% full-time staff increase, as it would take back the Secret Service under the White House's plan.
Meanwhile, the Commerce Department would experience a 55.5% staff decrease since the 2020 count would be over. Other agencies would experience staff decreases that would not be as dramatic as their spending decreases. For instance, the Environmental Protection Agency would see a 26.5% drop in its funding over 2020 enacted levels, but a 9.1% staff decrease.
The below chart shows more details on projected employment levels under Trump's fiscal 2021 budget.