Cuts in 1990s and Effects Today

During the Clinton administration, the Vice President oversaw the National Performance Review (NPR) – a broad program with a main goal of “reinventing” government through cost reduction, increased customer service, and streamlining government. While the entire plan touched on many areas of the federal government, a major component was downsizing the federal workforce, specifically mid-level managers.

The NPR followed a series of attempts to reform the government and proposals to cut the number of federal employees, especially in times of tight budgets. The Coalition for Effective Change (CEC) believes an examination of the impact of shrinking resources (both personnel and budgets), the effects on federal agencies, and lessons from this initiative should be examined by Congress as it considers similar proposals.

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