BOTH PARTIES IN CONGRESS CLAMORING FOR MORE HIRING FREEZE EXEMPTIONS - March 6, 2017
Bipartisan Demands for More Hiring Freeze Exemptions Are Piling Up
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Yet another set of lawmakers has requested that an exemption to President Trumpís federal hiring freeze be allowed -- this time to ensure child care services at Army bases continue uninterrupted.
A letter from Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, and Mark Meadows, N.C., the top-ranked Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to acting Army Secretary Robert Spicer is the latest in a series of requests from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle looking for carve outs in Trumpís hiring moratorium and ensuring that existing exemptions are followed. The oversight leadersí appeal comes on the heels of reports of several bases shuttering part-day childcare programs due to an inability to hire staff. Defense Department-wide guidance, following broad exemption authority spelled out in Trumpís initial memorandum, allowed services to fill civilian positions ďproviding child care to the children of military personnelĒ with permission from the service chief.