Academy to cut 65 civilian positions Defense cutbacks force elimination of 15 Navy jobs

November 13, 1992|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Staff Writer

The U.S. Naval Academy will eliminate the jobs of 65 civilian employees this fiscal year as the result of defense cutbacks, academy officials said yesterday.

The employees, who were notified yesterday, include clerical, maintenance, security, administrative and faculty workers.

They are the first people at the academy to lose their jobs as the result of reductions in the Defense Department, said Capt. John Collins, deputy for management at the academy.

The academy also sent letters to 196 employees who are eligible for retirement, asking them to notify their superiors if they plan to retire in this or the next fiscal year.

Captain Collins said the academy hopes to save the jobs of at least some of the 65 workers by finding other positions for them.

The job cuts include 25 temporary workers, most of whom will be out of work Sunday, and 40 permanent employees, whose positions will be eliminated by Sept. 30, 1993, the end of the current fiscal year.

Permanent employees affected by the action will be placed on a list for future job openings at the academy, Fort Meade or other nearby federal installations.

Some of the workers may be retrained for new jobs, and some are eligible to retire, Captain Collins said.

"We want to do this in the most humane way possible," he said.

In addition to the civilian cuts, the academy also has eliminated the jobs of 15 Navy personnel.

The academy employs 1,560 civilians and 910 military workers.

Academy officials said they had to cut the jobs because they anticipate that their fiscal 1993 budget will be about the same as the 1992 budget of $105 million.

After factoring in inflation and a mandated 3.7 percent government raise, the academy must find ways to trim about $3 million in operating costs, Captain Collins said.

He said the academy hopes to save $2 million in personnel costs and $1 million in supplies.

The academy's administration has been reviewing cost-reduction strategies for several months, Captain Collins said.

Administration officials left 15 civilian jobs vacant in the fiscal year that began October 1. They also placed a moratorium on overtime and travel, and cut equipment and supply costs.

Over the last two years, about 40 faculty positions have been eliminated through attrition, and employees are being asked to suggest other cost-saving measures.

The cuts are in line with a reduction in the number of midshipmen studying at the academy.

Federal law requires that the size of the brigade be cut from 4,500 in 1990 to 4,000 by September 1995.

About 4,200 midshipmen now attend the academy.

Captain Collins said the academy doesn't foresee further staff reductions.

"We feel our work force will be leveling off," he said.

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