Washington, D.C. — The National CFO’s Office of Strategic Services, a top executive post at the Defense Department, will begin trimming its workforce in January with a “fantasy” rule that would mean fewer jobs in certain categories, according to an email obtained by CNN.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense, which oversees the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Office, is the agency’s main recruiting agency.
The office was set up by Congress in 2008 after the financial crisis and was expected to be able to recruit and train more than 500,000 new military officers in the next few years.
The Office of Special Projects, a division within the Office of Management and Budget that oversees DOD procurement, is expected to fill that role.
A “fancy” rule, as it’s known, is designed to get rid of jobs at a particular level, with no specific guidelines, or requirements, to ensure they’re filled.
The rule would be effective from January 1.
It is the latest sign that the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), which the military calls its “largest source of workforce growth,” has been hit hard by sequestration.
The cuts are expected to save $1.5 trillion over 10 years, according the Pentagon.