Accession Number : ADA327655

Title :   Department of Energy: Funding and Workforce Reduced, but Spending Remains Stable.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA327655

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The administration and the Congress have encouraged federal agencies to reduce federal and contractor employment and spending and create a government that works better and costs less. The Federal Workforce Restructuring Act of 1994 was enacted to help federal agencies downsize by allowing non-Defense agencies to offer buyouts to employees who agreed to resign or retire by March 31, 1995. Furthermore, section 3161 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 was enacted to facilitate the reduction of DOE'S contractor workforce, which was necessitated by the end of the Cold War. Specifically, this act authorized DOE to minimize the impact of workforce reductions on contractor employees at defense nuclear facilities. Under this act, DOE has provided enhanced retirement and other benefits to help reduce the workforce. In May 1995, DOE implemented its Strategic Alignment and Downsizing Initiative, which was designed to reduce its funding by $1.7 billion over a 5-year period. As we reported in May 1996, DOE'S overall spending and federal workforce reductions in fiscal year 1996 were consistent with the reduction goals of the Department's Strategic Alignment and Downsizing Initiative. DOE met its goal to reduce spending by amending its budget request for fiscal year 1996 to reflect a planned savings of $208 million. It met its goal to reduce its federal workforce by reducing employment below its year-end target of 12,677 workers.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *EMPLOYMENT, *CONTRACTORS, *REDUCTION, *COSTS, *RETIREMENT, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, *CORPORATE DOWNSIZING, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FACILITIES, MISSIONS, COLD WAR, WORK, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE