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Betsy DeVos says she’s slashed 600 jobs at the Department of Education

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

While most eyes in Washington remain fixed on the House’s impeachment drama, a story about reducing the size of the federal bureaucracy might have slipped under your radar.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner published on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she has shrunk the overall size of the Department of Education by 600 staff positions during her time at its helm, bringing the total number from 4,300 to 3,700. “Well, I have long advocated for the notion that it would be great to work myself out of a job,” she said.

While cutting 600 positions is not the total elimination of the department that many on the Right have called for since its creation in 1979, it’s nevertheless a step toward a smaller department and a smaller administrative state.



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