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OPM releases hiring freeze Q and A

The Office of Personnel Management has released a list of more than 40 frequently as questions with answers in response to last month's federal hiring freeze.

The Office of Personnel Management has released a list of more than 40 frequently as questions with answers in response to last month's federal hiring freeze.

The document, which was released on Feb. 11, aims to further help agency leaders implement the executive order, such as how to handle promotions, recruitment and specifics of exemptions.

It includes a total of 43 questions with associated answers.

For example, OPM clarifies who can determine which positions are exempt because of “national security” or “public safety.”

“The head of an executive department or agency has the authority to exempt any position(s) it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities,” continuing, “Agency heads have discretion to determine whether cybersecurity positions fall into a national security or public safety exemption category.”

The memo notes a guidance from 1981 that includes a list of examples of activities considered to be essential to public safety.

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 14, 2017 Tim Wichita

The President said that the Military would be exempted. Yet the Army agency I work is under this freeze. Military personnel are not Federal Civilian employees, so I am confused by this. What exactly was meant by his statement? I don't think it was necessary to exempt military personnel since they are not civilian employees.

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