Make the EPA Small Again

Sep 7, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is on its way to employing the lowest number of workers since the end of the Reagan Administration. Congress capped the number of people the EPA can employ at 15,000. Hundreds of employees have opted for early retirement since President Trump’s inauguration. “Several employees who have claimed they are retiring in protest of the new Republican administration, have been eligible for early retirement.” If retirements remain on schedule, the EPA will employ 14,459 employees by the end of September. Currently, 20.17 percent of EPA employees are eligible to retire immediately. The administration’s goal is to reduce the EPA’s workforce by 25 percent. The EPA has two buyout programs that provide cash payments to encourage early retirement. Maximum payments are $25,000.