AGENCIES WARNED BY HOUSE GOP NOT TO ACCELERATE HiRING PRIOR TO FREEZE - January 17, 2017
House GOP Warns Agencies Against Accelerated Hiring in Anticipation of Trump's Freeze
By Eric Katz,Government Executive
The lawmaker with chief oversight responsibility of federal agencies is warning them against binge hiring out of fear of a hiring freeze under the incoming Donald Trump administration.
Leaders of 18 Cabinet-level agencies received a letter this week from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, saying a looming freeze did not entitle them to bypass merit systems principles in hiring. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman asked the agency heads to provide his panel with a list of all job openings for positions in General Schedule-13 posted or higher since the election, how many individuals applied and the date of hire. Chaffetz also requested data on hiring timelines in 2015 for comparison.