Jan 24, 2017

Hiring Freeze

     The new President has ordered a federal civilian hiring freeze. Ne vacancies may be filled. No new positions may be created. There is an exception for Senior Executive Service positions. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) can grant exceptions from the order.
     This is in line with the long-standing Republican talking point that the "federal bureaucracy is bloated." A hiring freeze couldn't possibly cause a problem if there are way too many employees.
     The reality is that federal agencies are already understaffed. A hiring freeze creates problems almost immediately and the problems get worse and worse as the hiring freeze goes on but to understand this you have to have some knowledge about how government works and some concern that it actually does work.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

A showboat move that will have greater consequence than intended. But what else can we expect. There is no "plan" just slogans and fluff from a bs artist.

Anonymous said...

In my ODAR office we have 5 support staff that work at home all the time due to reasonable accommodations. There is a breakdown in Judicial support in our office. There are many managers and supervisors that do no support work. The government is bloated, but with the wrong kind of people.

Anonymous said...

9:10, you mean like "Hope and Change"? What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Read the whole text. This is a temporary move until attrition plans are determined. Let's not all jump to assume we know what the Agency will look like in a year. Do we need to continue hiring - Obviously. Will we get hires once the Trump presidency gets going - I hope so. I think other agencies are going to fare FAR worse than SSA.

Anonymous said...

"Sequestration" = bad.
"Hiring Freeze" = good.

Anonymous said...

if there was not so meny rules and paper work then thay would not need so meny poeple.....why dose it only take 1 day for some one to get food stamps...but 1 to 3 years to get $600 dollers more from ssi?

Anonymous said...

Does this affect the recent Continuing Resolution $ 150 million promise to hire ALJs this year?

Does this affect DDS (state) employees?

Anonymous said...

9:52,

Because food stamps are a welfare program that only requires a showing of need. SSI is (supposed to be) a disability program that requires you to show not that you're unemployed, that there are no good jobs near your home, or that you can't work in a coal mine... but that you have medical impairments that make you physically and mentally incapable of doing other jobs that you might never have heard of.

SSI is not supposed to be a birthright for people with health problems who live in rural, depressed areas.

Anonymous said...

Trump is just stripping down everything. Goes after the most needy first. Just a big bully.

Anonymous said...

Those rural disposed people from depressed area are now mostly republican and a concern for the prez and his party that little margin of victory in those depressed rust belt states was pretty damn thin wasn't it. Are the republicans ready to shit all over their new found rust belt converts along with their inbred West Virgina and southern constituency? Better kiss their ass and if not take them to the country club at least not cut off their ssi. Go ahead Paul Ryan make my day.

Anonymous said...

I guess this will not help reduce the backlogs.

Anonymous said...

How about changing the personnel policies and let go those who don't work. That's the main problem as far as I can see. Those who do work get 90% of the work and those who are collecting a paycheck on the Gov get 10% if that.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:06

Gonna be interesting to see if the specific CR earmark for that $150 mil to be used for ODAR backlog purposes overrules the hiring freeze. I'm guessing not right now since mgmt. is being directed to do everything but extend offers at this point on all those support staff hires (and the ALJs for that matter). Hopefully the Trump administration grants us the exemption and lets us hire, but I think we are waiting for that green light.

Vase Svedomi said...

My opinion is that Mr. Trump is not going to solve the problems of the USA, he will ruin everything. His speech is always about hope but nothing else. Untill the USA stop all the wars abroad, nothing can change. It costs a lot of money that could be used for elderly and disabled. The wall he wants to build is the most stupid thing I have ever heard because there are many underground tunels that can be used and also most of the drugs are getting into USA on board of private planes. Every Mexican child knows that. If he continues with the wall Mexico will stop buying goods from the USA and it will cause a lot of US jobs lost. Mr. Trump is not a person that can think the way how to solve this. If he brings all the corporation from abroad to the USA I am really curious if the American people can work for such a low wages as those abroad and stil pay the horrible mortgages. Will he push the real estate companies to lower prices of housing either? This is a game, friend. Bad game with horrible end.

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