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On January 31, Mark Sandy, Acting OMB Director, and Kathleen McGettigan, Acting OPM Director issued a joint memo which provides additional guidance regarding the freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees. The hiring freeze was directed by the President on January 23, 2017, via Presidential Memorandum entitled “Hiring Freeze.”
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Item #3 lists the exemptions permitted under the Federal civilian hiring freeze. Take note of the following:
c. Nomination and appointment of officials to positions requiring Presidential appointment, with or without Senate confirmation.
d. Appointment of officials to non-career positions in the Senior Executive Service (SES) or to Schedule C appointments in the Excepted Service, or the appointment of any other officials who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority (i.e., “appointed” positions of a political/non-career nature).
h. Appointments made under the Pathways Internship and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Programs (this does not include the Recent Graduates Program). Agencies should ensure that such hires understand the provisional nature of these appointments and that conversion is not guaranteed.
r. The head of any agency may exempt any positions that it deems necessary to:
i. Meet national security (including foreign relations) responsibilities, or
ii. Meet public safety responsibilities (including essential activities to the extent that they protect life and property). Agencies may refer to longstanding guidance, which provides examples of such activities in OMB Memorandum, Agency Operations in the Absence of Appropriations, dated 11/17/1981 [see examples 3(a) to 3(k)].
Note that the memo ends with the following: The guidance in this memorandum is effective immediately. Within 90 days of the publication of the PM issued on January 23, 2017, the Director of OMB, in consultation with the Director of OPM, shall recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition. The hiring freeze will expire upon implementation of the OMB plan.
The original memo is here or read in full below (click on lower right hand corner arrow to maximize reading space).
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