HUD fires back at downsizing critics with $200,000 consultant's report

March 27, 1998
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, under attack for
slashing agency jobs to meet an arbitrary target of 7,500 employees, fired back yesterday with a new consultant's report calling the number "sufficient" if certain management reforms are successfully implemented first.  HUD Inspector General Susan Gaffney criticized the department last year for rushing to reorganize and cut its size without adequate analysis. Within a few months of the reengineering announcement, some 800 employees had accepted buyouts, she said, and the downsizing target had been picked without analyzing HUD's mission or workload.