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President Trump Freezes Federal Hiring

Making good on campaign promises, yesterday President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order halting all hiring within the federal government, with exceptions for military personnel and where agency and department heads deem necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities. 

The action also allows for the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to grant exemptions where otherwise necessary.

Any vacant positions as of January 22nd will remain unfilled, and agencies are prohibited from creating new positions. Also prohibited is the use of contracting to “circumvent the intent of the memorandum.”

The order also directs the directors of OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to produce a “long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal government through attrition” within 90 days. The President named Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to lead OMB, and his confirmation hearing is set for this week, but no names have been put forth for OPM Director.

Once this long-term plan has been implemented, the hiring freeze will then expire.

 “In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services,” states the memorandum. “Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected.”

Political hires including non-career positions in the Senior Executive Service or Schedule C positions in the Excepted Service, will not be effected by this action.

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Tags: Donald Trump, hiring freeze

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