Here is a letter that Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8), a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent to President-elect Trump regarding the federal workforce. As you will recall, during the presidential campaign late last year, then candidate Trump unveiled a ‘100 Day Plan’ that called for a hiring freeze for federal employees that would prohibit an agency from making a new hire upon an existing employee’s departure. It is expected that the incoming President could issue a hiring freeze administratively early in his term.
One hundred and six legislators joined Congressman Lynch in sending the letter to the President-elect. The letter strongly argues against a government-wide hiring freeze given the fact that similar actions in the past proved both ineffective and costly to taxpayers. A GAO study is cited that determined hiring freezes significantly disrupted agency operations and resulted in vast amounts of work being outsourced to private contractors and to the hiring of temporary workers. The letter also highlights the current difficulties agencies are having in achieving their missions owing to recent budget cuts, including from the across-the-board spending reductions from sequestration.
As the 115th Congress enters its second week, I will keep you posted on further developments affecting federal employees, as well as our efforts to advance our agenda on Capitol Hill.