18 Jun '13, 1pm

Big Changes Ahead in the Pentagon's Policy Shops? @paulmcleary with the story.

Big Changes Ahead in the Pentagon's Policy Shops? @paulmcleary with the story.

WASHINGTON — After more than a decade of almost constant expansion, the Pentagon’s policy-making apparatus may be about to experience the bite of the budget-cut fever that is gripping Washington. On Wednesday, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Miller is expected to hold a “town hall” meeting with staff where he will announce a new initiative that could slash a full 30 percent of civilian policy contractors, a Pentagon official told Defense News. In a meeting with staff on June 13, the official — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — said Miller used the term “reduction in force” for the first time. That set off alarm bells in the policy shop since the potential trimming would be tied to performance review evaluations that might make the cuts difficult, and that will force people out rather than through reassignments, or through the end of contracts. But that i...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130618/DEFREG02/3061...

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