Washington Post - Nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.
The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. At the National Institutes of Health, staff say clinical work, patient care and recruitment are suffering.
Like HHS, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have maintained the freeze as a way of reducing their work forces and reshaping organizational structures after a directive from the Office of Management and Budget last month. All federal agencies are to submit a plan by June 30 to shrink their civilian work forces.