CONGRESS WANTS TRUMP TO RECONSIDER HIRING FREEZE - January 10, 2017
FMA supports Lynch-led letter concerning a potential hiring freeze
By Katherine McIntire Peters, Government Executive
President-elect Donald Trump wouldn’t be the first commander in chief to impose a hiring freeze on federal agencies. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan both tried it, but the policy didn’t do much to reign in government. In fact, it proved counterproductive to their aims. That’s according to a 34-year-old Government Accountability Office report 106 Democratic lawmakers dusted off in an appeal to Trump to reconsider his plan for a governmentwide hiring freeze.
Trump pledged to institute the freeze—exempting military, public safety and public health personnel—back in October as one element of his 100-Day Plan to Make America Great Again, noting that the freeze was one of six measures designed specifically to “clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington.”