GEN. MATTIS CALLS FOR CUTTING BUREAUCRACY AT THE PENTAGON BASED ON WORKPLACE ASSESSMENTS - January 13, 2017
Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Promises Efficiencies Among Civilian Workforce
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
President-elect Donald Trump’s likely Defense Department secretary pledged on Thursday to trim the size of the bureaucracy at the Pentagon, but said the cuts should be based on practical assessments rather than arbitrary figures.
James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps General and former commander of U.S. Central Command, said he has a “reputation for reducing bureaucracy” in a written response to advance policy questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to his confirmation hearing Thursday, lawmakers asked Mattis whether he supported efforts to cut the civilian workforce at Defense.