Update on Federal Hiring Freeze

United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) logoToday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued additional guidance for agencies as they work to implement the President’s federal employee hiring freeze that was announced last Monday.

Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States (seal)The memorandum seeks to address additional questions agency human resource officials may have and provides a list of general exceptions to the hiring freeze, as well as outlining steps agencies can take with OMB and OPM when a more specific exception is needed. It also provides further guidance on how agencies should apply the “national security” and “public safety” wording into existing federal personnel definitions.

Of note, the memorandum exempts seasonal employees who perform “traditionally recurring seasonal workloads” from the hiring freeze, and clarifies that it does not apply to internal career ladder promotions and reallocations within an agency.

While NTEU recognizes that this hiring freeze is intended to be temporary in nature, and that the real longer-term threat stems from the ordered ninety day workforce reduction plan that OMB is to present to the White House, as well as from expected congressional action, I did want to share this latest guidance with you.