Trump's Hiring Freeze Moves From Hatchet to Scalpel

Apr 13, 2017, 01:26

The president signed the memorandum in January freezing large portions of federal government hiring, barring the military and positions deemed necessary for national security and public safety.

Mulvaney called the new approach "more practicable and smarter" and says it will be based on Trump's initial budget proposal, which called for widespread cuts to several agencies including the EPA, while building up others, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

While there are many efforts to make government better, Mulvaney said, "this is something that goes much deeper and to the very structure of government". That's freaky and it would only happen in government and what you have in Trump, who is sort of a businessman-in -chief, said look, we are going to take, this private sector concept and bring it to the executive branch.

Mulvaney says under the new guidance, some agencies will wind up hiring more people, while others will end up "paring" the number of employees "even greater than they would have during the hiring freeze". "Really what you're talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C., and that is how you drain the swamp, so this is a centerpiece of his campaign and a centerpiece of his administration". Mulvaney said in some cases, that could mean consolidating programs spread across multiple agencies under a single office or department. Historically, Congress has worked more enthusiastically with presidents to add to the government and to consolidate some functions, such as homeland security responsibilities, rather than subtract.

In the bare bones budget issued last month, the White House did not offer many specific details on how the budget cuts would be achieved.

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The White House is asking citizens to weigh in as the Trump administration works to slim down the executive branch. In recent years (such as 2009-2014) it has continued to decrease, at a slower rate, from 2.77 million in 2009 to 2.66 million in 2014.

A 2015 report by the Office of Personnel Management, found that veterans made up 44% of all full-time hires in the federal government. "It's not about big government, it's not about small government, it's about good government".

"We're actually trying to bring this business attitude towards the way we run the government", he said during an interview with Fox & Friends Wednesday morning.

The push to reshape the government as well as the budget cuts are nearly certain to draw opposition from Congress.

The seemingly conflicting announcement possibly "provid [es] flexibility" to the administration to replace departing workers in programmes they want to continue while reducing overall workforce because agencies have also been asked to identify programs that can be completely eliminated, he said.

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