FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE TO END TODAY, BUT WORKFORCE CUTS TO STILL COME - April 12, 2017
Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Trump administration announced its hiring freeze will end Wednesday, while delivering to agencies promised guidance on how they should reduce the size of their workforces in both the near and long term.
Trump’s hiring freeze, which went into effect Jan. 23, lasted 79 days, with the Office of Management and Budget issuing guidance to end it 11 days before the president’s initial deadline. While agencies are allowed to begin hiring again without restriction or approval from the Office of Personnel Management, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday they cannot begin onboarding employees “willy-nilly.”