This is a report that should put a big smile on your face:
THINK PROGRESS – Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade.
According to agency documents and federal employment statistics, 770 EPA employees departed the agency between April and December, leaving employment levels close to Reagan-era levels of staffing. According to the EPA’s contingency shutdown plan for December, the agency currently has 14,449 employees on board — a marked change from the April contingency plan, which showed a staff of 15,219.
“There has been a drop of employees of 770 between April and December. While several hundred of those are buyouts, the rest of those are either people that are retiring or quitting in disgust,” Kyla Bennett, director of New England Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), told ThinkProgress. “Is that number higher than it would normally be? I think it is.”
Ok first of all, I can’t believe they had 15,219 employees in the first place. And after this exodus they still have well over 14,000 now. Good grief! I don’t know what the salaries are like there, but we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars if not more just to fund employee salaries.
While I absolutely love that hundreds are leaving in disgust, it’s not enough. More should leave!
The good news it appears Trump’s budget (if it ever passes) will cut this even more dramatically, with a projected workforce of well under 12,000.