House committee members voice concern over hiring freeze
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 15, 2017
Members of a House committee on Feb. 15 expressed concern about the effect the federal hiring freeze is having on a workforce that is already facing a skills and talent gap, Federal Times reports.
According to the report, during the House Oversight Committee hearing examining the Government Accountability Office’s biennial tally of federal programs vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement, Democrats said the hiring freeze is putting added stress on current employees with mounting workloads.
In addition the lawmakers said historically, hiring freezes have not been proven effective in reducing costs and usually have an effect that lasts well after the freeze is over, the report notes, adding that the hiring freeze is expected to end in 90 days.