Washington Times - President Trump ordered a freeze in federal civilian hiring Monday and hinted at even bigger changes to come, as he took quick early action to make good on his campaign promise to cut the size of government.
Mr. Trump is reportedly looking to cut $10 trillion from projected federal spending over the next decade.
For now, though, the president started off small, forbidding managers from filling empty jobs or creating any new positions, unless there’s an overwhelming security need. He also ordered the Office of Management and Budget to come up with a more permanent attrition plan by the end of April.
Democrats in Congress said federal workers have born the brunt of budget cuts in recent years, and said a hiring freeze will only make things worse.
American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. said a hiring freeze won’t just hurt Washington, but will sock communities across the country where federal employees work.
“This hiring freeze will mean longer lines at Social Security offices, fewer workplace safety inspections, less oversight of environmental polluters, and greater risk to our nation’s food supply and clean water systems,” he said.