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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:51 PM

Coburn Calls For Federal Hiring Freeze to Address Sequester

The top Republican on the Senate panel that oversees the federal workforce is calling for leaving lower-level executive branch jobs unfilled to help offset the spending cuts required by the looming budget sequester.

The call from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is the latest of his sometimes unpopular and quixotic attempts to convince other parts of the federal government to downsize programs.

In his latest criticism of government spending, Coburn is highlighting 10 federal jobs posted at the USAJobs portal that he considers “non-essential positions.”

Coburn said the executive branch could better address budget woes and find a way to help avert the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to begin at the end of this week through changes including workforce attrition.


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