Interior secretary Ryan Zinke announced that he plans to cut about 4,000 full-time staff from the department by sometime next year. In his comments before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee June 20 he said that the cuts were necessary to achieve a “balanced budget.” Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to cut 1,200 employees by early September, the Washington Post reports. It will achieve this through a combination of buyouts and early retirements. The agency has set aside $12 million for these buy outs, though it’s unclear that that will be enough; In 2014, EPA paid $11.3 million in incentives to get 456 employees to voluntarily leave. Those cuts would represent about eight percent of EPA’s 15,000 employees.
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