Three days after his Inauguration, President Trump ordered a hiring freeze on Federal Civilian jobs. It took almost a month for voters to finally realize that United States service members and their families are the first victims of the freeze.
The memorandum stated that:
Within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Director of OPM, shall recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition. This order shall expire upon implementation of the OMB plan.
It went further with:
This hiring freeze applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding, excepting military personnel.
The victims of the hiring freeze are, ironically, the ones the Republican party claims to support. Poverty-stricken areas that rely on Federal workers to provide services are beginning to feel the pressure as well.
While the memorandum did state it will not affect military personnel, they forgot to encompass programs that support them.
There are reports of at least two Army Bases that have begun closing programs for families as early as February 17. The Fort Knox base suspended the on-base, part-day child development center, the hourly care program, and the enrollment of new families into the CDC.
One Army spouse reported that the wait list for her 1-year-old is estimated to be through July.
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, has released a statement that all of its part-day programs will be suspended.
The hiring freeze will hurt states that rely heavily on federal jobs to survive. The states who will be hurt the most, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, will be Alaska, Wyoming, Mississippi, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Montana, Alabama and New Mexico. As you may have noticed, these states have high rates of poverty in their area.
As always, President Trump took care of himself first. Ending the memorandum with:
This memorandum does not limit the nomination and appointment of officials to positions requiring Presidential appointment or Senate confirmation, the appointment of officials to non-career positions in the Senior Executive Service or to Schedule C positions in the Excepted Service, or the appointment of any other officials who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Moreover, it does not limit the hiring of personnel where such a limit would conflict with applicable law. This memorandum does not revoke any appointment to Federal service made prior to January 22, 2017.
If Trump’s Contract with the American Voter was worth anything, we should all sue him for breach of contract.
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