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April 13th, 2017

Trump Administration Lifts Hiring Freeze; Directs Agencies to Submit Workforce Restructuring Plans

The White House has announced that the federal hiring freeze put into place at the beginning of the Trump administration will be lifted. The freeze temporarily halted all non-military federal hiring, in an attempt to fulfill the Trump campaign promise to “drain the swamp” and reduce the size of government.

The lifting of the freeze does not, however, mean that agencies will be given the latitude to fill any and all positions. The across the board freeze is instead being replaced by what the Administration is calling “a smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan.” The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance ordering federal departments and agencies to “begin taking immediate actions” to reduce the size of their workforces over the long-term. Agency heads must develop a plan to “maximize employee performance” by June 30 and submit a final version of that plan to the White House budget office by September.

The ability of agencies to fill positions and maintain program staff will also be largely dependent on the budgets passed by Congress for the remainder of FY2017 and for FY2018.

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