Trump Issues Executive Order to Impose Federal Hiring Freeze

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By on January 23, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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Updated: 1/24/2017 7:53 AM EST

Making good one one of his campaign promises, President Trump issued an executive order today to impose a hiring freeze on the federal workforce.

The White House released a copy of the memorandum Monday night with details about the hiring freeze. author Michael Wald noted that it is a first step as part of a long term plan to reduce the size of the federal workforce through attrition.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference Monday afternoon that the hiring freeze “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years; in particular, it prevents filling vacant positions and creating new positions except when necessary to meet national or public security responsibilities. It does not apply to military personnel, and it ensures that the American taxpayers get effective and efficient government.”

In his Contract with the American Voter, Trump’s action plan for his first 100 days in office, one of the measures was to enact a hiring freeze to reduce the size of the federal workforce through attrition.

Some of the other items from Trump’s campaign pledge included proposing a Constitutional amendment to enact term limits for Members of Congress and imposing a requirement that for every new federal regulation issued by agencies, two must be eliminated.

As I wrote in a recent article, there are a number of other proposals floating around about what the Trump administration may or may not do that would impact the federal workforce. Among them include:

  • Making it easier to fire federal workers
  • Limiting bonuses
  • Reforming pension plans, most likely for new federal employees
  • Reducing or eliminating the use of official time
  • Shrinking the overall size of the federal workforce, something we are now seeing begin to take shape via this new executive order

For details, see Trump Administration Proposing Drastic Cuts to Federal Workforce.

We will continue to keep our users updated as new proposals and changes that may affect them continue to unfold.

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