OMB issues guidance on hiring freeze

The Office of Management and Budget has released additional details on how to execute the executive order issuing a government-wide hiring freeze.

In a statement on the White House website, Acting OMB Director Mark Sandy said the guidance aims to help agency leaders take the appropriate and immediate actions needed to implement the freeze.

The guidance to agency leaders said that as of noon Jan. 22, agencies cannot fill existing vacant positions or create new positions; those with a job offers before Jan. 22 with a start date on or before Feb. 22, 2017 should report to work on that day; those with job offers that do not include a start date, or that date is after Feb. 22, need to decide whether the position meets guidelines to begin work.

Additional guidance, such as details on exemptions, potential reporting requirements and other issues will be released soon, according to the memo.

Reader comments

Thu, Feb 2, 2017 Angela

My husband is a retired 26 from the Navy he is now a Contractor for the Navy. I am a government employee working at Naval Hospital Lemoore with 32 years of service, my husband is being transferring to Okinawa Japan for his job and I will be going with him. With that being said, how does that effect me. I will be using all of my annual leave and request LWOP

Thu, Feb 2, 2017

This is not news. This memo was disseminated a week ago. It would be nice if they would take action to address the folks in catch 22s, like the individual with OCONUS orders. Also caught in the limbo are military retirees with tentative or firm offers before the NDAA signed out 23 December restored the 180 day waiting period to accept DoD employment. Those waivers will also reportedly require service secretary level waivers so what happens when those aren't received by 22 Feb so they can report for duty. Great way to change the rules in midstream on military families who may have been in hiring process for months. Oh, wait, all those military spouses can just take over being primary breadwinner, right? Because all of them will have had the opportunity to develop high profile career chops while moving 9 or 10 times over the course of at least 20 years. Is my sarcasm showing? I hope so.

Wed, Feb 1, 2017

I've waited over a year for my clearance to go through and was finally given a start date in March. Two day later, hiring freeze. Hope this is resolved soon. This is the longest onboarding in my career.

Tue, Jan 31, 2017

I accepted a firm offer on 29 December 2016 to an overseas assignment. My report date was set in March to allow additional time to process a government passport and the additional planning involved for an overseas assignment. I received orders and put in my notice with my employer and yet now I'm in the category of 'review by Agency Head'. Are scenarios like this being considered in the supplemental guidance soon to be released?

Tue, Jan 31, 2017 Tom Jackson

For DoD and Agencies within, is there possibility of VERA/VSIP to be announced during the 90 day attrition period addressed in the Exec Action?

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