Wednesday, April 12, 2017
White House to lift federal hiring freeze
The Hill by Jordan Fabian
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White House will lift President Trump’s federal hiring freeze on Wednesday following fire from critics who said it hampered the government from carrying out core functions.
The end of the freeze is part of guidance ordering federal departments and agencies to submit restructuring plans to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the fall.
The memorandum requires all agencies to “begin taking immediate actions” to reduce the size of their workforces over the long term and achieve the savings called for in Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget.
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.
Mulvaney said that could involve the elimination or consolidation of duplicative offices and agencies.
Those changes would be adopted in Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget.
“This is a big part of draining the swamp,” Mulvaney said Tuesday. “Really, what you’re talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C. That is how you drain the swamp.”