TRUMP TO FOLLOW CARTER AND REAGAN WITH GOVERNMENTWIDE HIRING FREEZE - November 11, 2016
There is a Precedent for Trump's Governmentwide Hiring Freeze
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Donald Trump’s pledge to freeze federal hiring on his first day in office is both possible and with precedent, and likely to have far-reaching effects on federal agencies if implemented.
President Ronald Reagan, as his first act after being sworn in as head of the executive branch -- and as legend has it, before he even left the Capitol Building following his inauguration -- signed a memorandum addressed to heads of executive departments and agencies ordering a “strict freeze” on the hiring of civilian federal employees. Reagan’s order went into effect immediately.