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- CONGRESS URGING OBAMA TO ISSUE HIRING FREEZE UNTIL THE NEW PRESIDENT COMES INTO OFFICE - December 5, 2016
Lawmakers Ask Obama to Freeze Hiring Until Trump Arrives
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
Two Republican senators want President Obama to implement a governmentwide hiring freeze for most federal jobs for the rest of his term so current political appointees don’t try to burrow into the civil service before the Trump administration arrives in January.
Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Thom Tillis of North Carolina asked Obama in a Dec. 1 letter to “consider setting a new precedent for presidential transitions” by putting in place a hiring freeze “on all career civil servant positions, except those in public health or safety.” The lawmakers pointed to a recent Government Accountability Office report that of the 69 Obama appointees who converted to career employee status in their agencies, or “burrowed in,” between 2010 and 2015, 17 of them did not receive approval from the Office of Personnel Management, as is required by law.
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