PLENTY OF ROOM FOR EXCEPTIONS IN NEW FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE - January 25, 2017
Trump hiring freeze could turn out to be less sweeping than it seems
By Lisa Rein, Washington Post
President Trump vowed as a candidate to take a sledgehammer to the federal bureaucracy, put a workforce full of “waste, fraud and abuse” on notice and “cut so much, your head will spin.”
But the “across the board” hiring freeze he put in place Monday could be a more symbolic, less forceful first step toward shrinking government than the sweeping order it appears to be, federal personnel experts said Tuesday. In fact, the memorandum regarding the 2.1 million civilians in the federal workforce leaves plenty of room for exceptions.