Posted: 8:03 pm ET
On January 23, President Trump imposed a federal hiring freeze, as promised, with a stroke of a pen. The memo says that “no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22,2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances. This order does not include or apply to military personnel. The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.”
For the State Department’s CA-funded positions, here is something to note: “hiring freeze applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding, excepting military personnel.” For those thinking contracting might be a way forward, the memo says, “Contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.”
Here is what the hiring freeze memo allows:
–> 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.
–> it does not limit the hiring of personnel where such a limit would conflict with applicable law. This memorandum does not revoke any appointment to Federal service made prior to January 22, 2017.
–> This memorandum does not abrogate any collective bargaining agreement in effect on the date of this memorandum.
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