Apr 14, 2017

Government-Wide Hiring Freeze Lifted

As of Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the hiring freeze is no longer in effect, however agencies received guidance requesting they begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions and costs savings, including planning for funding levels in the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Blueprint.

Although agencies are allowed to begin hiring without approval again, the White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney cautioned that "this does not mean agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly." The government wide hiring freeze is expected to be replaced with a "smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan", he said, which is expected to be aligned with Trump's initial budget proposal, which included widespread cuts multiple agencies.

According to the memorandum, agencies must begin to develop an Agency Reform Plan which maximizes employee performance while reducing the overall size of their workforce. This plan is due to the Office of Management and Budget by September 2017, however, an initial "high-level" draft of this plan is expected to be delivered on June 30, 2017. 

NAGE will update this story as more information is provided to us regarding the Agency Reform Plans and the FY18 Budget.

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