State Department can now hire new employees
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 15, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lifted the State Department’s hiring freeze on foreign and civil services positions, The Hill reports.
The freeze was imposed by former Secretary Rex Tillerson, but Pompeo in a May 15 memo said the agency is now free to hire at current funding levels, the report notes, adding that the move comes more than two weeks after he lifted a hiring freeze on family members of State Department personnel living overseas.
According to the article, Tillerson’s hiring freeze affected morale among career officials who have departed at an unusually high number since Trump took office—435 employees either quit or retired in the first nine months of 2017—and Pompeo contends that lifting the freeze will help fill critical positions both domestic and overseas.