Army to cut 9,000 civilian jobs

Monday - 8/8/2011, 10:55am EDT

The Army plans to cut nearly 9,000 civilian jobs by October of next year, Federal Times reports. Last month Army Secretary John McHugh ordered Army leaders to start cutting staffing as part of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiatives.

The Army aims to save $834 million dollars in operations and maintenance as part of those cuts. The cuts amount to a total of about 3 percent of the Army's more than 290,000 civilian employees. Almost half will come from the Army's Installation Management Command.

McHugh also said the Army cannot turn to contractors to replace the civilian employees. Agencies have 30 days to inform Army officials of how they plan to implement those cuts.

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