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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to eliminate 94 of its 2,386 full-time positions over the next year through attrition.
Most of these job cuts will come from the ranks of management and the agency's "reinventing government" office, says Acting Administrator Davis Layne. OSHA will continue to employ about 1,200 compliance officers.
President Bush proposes a fractional increase in OSHA's budget, from $425.4 million in fiscal 2001 to $425.8 million in fiscal 2002. "We will not shortchange enforcement," Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao says.
At the same time, however, "shifting the balance to more and better compliance …