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NARFE, lawmakers urge President-elect to reconsider federal hiring freeze

from NARFE

With NARFE’s support, 106 lawmakers signed Rep. Stephen F. Lynch’s, D-MA, letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to reconsider implementing a hiring freeze on January 20. Trump announced his intention to freeze federal hiring in his “Contract with the American Voter” with the exception of the military, public safety officials and public health officers.

Citing a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the letter noted that prior hiring freezes did not result in a smaller federal workforce and actually decreased efficiency, transparency and accountability. The letter also mentioned some of the 21st century challenges that an already stretched thin federal workforce likely will face.

A hiring freeze could hamper agency missions and prevent the best and brightest from entering public service. Detailed plans on a potential hiring freeze have not yet been released by Trump’s transition team. A copy of Rep. Lynch’s letter can be found here. more

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