Trump administration officials are preparing to cut $4.4 billion in compensation for independent contractors, severing more than a dozen full-time employees.
The move would save at least $2.5 billion in total, according to an internal White House memo obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The memo said the reduction was intended to reduce waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
The cuts are part of a larger effort to eliminate wasteful spending and duplication in the government.
They were outlined by Michael Ryan, the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, in an internal memo that was obtained by The Washington Examiner on Friday.
“This decision will result in fewer employees in our office and fewer opportunities for innovation and efficiency,” Ryan wrote.
“The decision will also result in lower levels of overall quality, which will be particularly detrimental to our national security and public safety.”
The memo did not specify how many employees the cut would affect.
It does not mention whether those affected will lose their jobs or how many jobs are being eliminated.
In February, the Trump administration announced a $2 billion cut in the compensation of contractors working in the Department of Defense.
The Pentagon has had a $6 billion cut since the fiscal year began.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest cut.
The Office of Personnel Management, which manages the federal government’s compensation system, has not yet responded to a list of questions about the administration’s plans.
The OPM said it has not made any recommendations about the impact of the cuts.
It is not clear how many people will be affected by the cuts, nor how many of the affected contractors will receive severance.
The reductions are not the first time that Trump has cut the pay of full- and part-time federal workers.
In June, the administration announced that it would cut the average federal employee’s annual base pay by $1,400, the amount that the employee would normally receive based on his or her job title.
The Obama administration also reduced the salary of employees working in civilian jobs, and in 2016 it cut the base pay of a contractor working in federal contractors by $900,000.