House committee members voice concern over hiring freeze

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.

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017

This freeze is not only impacting each agency's ability to serve the public, but it is hurting veterans who are searching for work. One-third of the federal workforce (2.1 million) are veterans. The government made them a protected class under Title 5 in 1944, and as a result, we have the Veterans Preference Act of 1944. So what good is this freeze if it's inhibiting federal employees/agencies from serving, aiding, and protecting the public, and preventing veterans, who put their lives at stake for our country, from getting jobs?

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 Realist

I think he was the same guy who spoke out against nuclear power and then complained when there was a power shortage.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Affect/Effect? In addition, what does "I way overstaffed" mean? You are apparently not competent to make a determination on whether 50% of the federal staff should be cut or not. You should be the first to go.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

If you think the federal workforce can be cut by 50%, explain what areas can be cut and who will be picking up the surplus work? If that happens, the government is just going going to employ more contractors...

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

You are clearly uninformed. Yes many area are top heavy with bureaucrats & some areas have outdated programs which Congress needs to eliminate. But for the most part the frontline employees are understaffed with more work then they can possibly do. Frontline employees do not control funding or legal requirements that is Congress' job. Frontline employees do not decide how funds are spent or set work requirements or decide what gets done & what does not that is the duty of bureaucrats.

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