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February 26, 2013

Many federal jobs could be eliminated

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WASHINGTON D.C. —

·A counsel for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation, salary range from $130,000 to $155,000 per year;
·An executive assistant at the Department of Agriculture Forest Service to prepare itineraries and briefing and information material packages, salary ranges from $47,448 to $57,408 per year; and
·An Executive Staff Officer for the Air Force to represent the Director of Staff at meetings, write draft reports, memos, and e-mails for the Director, and prepare responses to correspondence, e-mails, and requests for information, salary ranges from $71,674 to $93,175 per year.
 Are any of these positions more important than an air traffic controller, a border patrol officer, a food inspector, a TSA screener, or a civilian supporting our men and women in combat in Afghanistan?  I have attached a select list of these job vacancies now being advertised on USAjobs.gov which could be eliminated along with many other unfilled non-essential positions across the federal government.  Instituting such a hiring freeze and re-assigning any of the necessary duties associated with each to current employees will allow federal agencies to adapt to the current fiscal realities without laying off or furloughing civil servants who are performing truly critical or absolutely necessary functions.
Additionally, has the administration issued, or does it plan to issue, guidance to agencies regarding savings that could be achieved through attrition of non-essential positions? Thank you for your attention to this matter.  I would appreciate a response no later than April 1, 2013.  It is important that we as public officials lead by example and I look forward to continuing to work with you to save taxpayers money and better prioritize government spending.
Tom Coburn is a U.S. Senator for Oklahoma.

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