MANY EXEMPTIONS MADE FOR THE HIRING FREEZE IN THE VA - January 30, 2017
VA Exempts Roughly 100 Job Titles From Hiring Freeze, Leaves Door Open For More
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday released a list of wide-ranging jobs it intends to exempt from President Donald Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, from medical and law enforcement personnel to cemetery caretakers.
The VA has carved out approximately 100 or so positions as exempt from the freeze because they are necessary to maintain the massive department’s “public safety responsibilities,” wrote Acting VA Secretary Robert Snyder in a Jan. 27 memorandum to VA’s top leadership. Snyder noted that the memo was “interim guidance” and would be updated once the department receives additional guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management.