Skip to comments.Promise fulfilled: Trump freezes federal hiring amid demands for “diversity”
Posted on 01/24/2017 8:08:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
It was one of the promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail which drew widespread approbation from conservatives while spurring varying degrees of either anger or depression among the beltway crowd. Trump said that it would be more of an ax than a new broom when it comes to the size of the federal workforce and he would freeze hiring if elected. The pledge led as many as a third of federal workers to say they might walk off the job if he was elected. So would he really do it? Well… that didn’t take long. (Government Executive)
Trump said his hiring moratorium would be applied across the board in the executive branch and apply to any positions vacant as of Jan. 22. It would bar agencies from creating new positions. Agency heads can exempt positions they deem necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.
The memorandum gives the directors of the Office of Management and Budget (Trumps pick, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., will face confirmation hearings Tuesday) and the Office of Personnel Management (Trump has yet to name an OPM leader) 90 days to come with a long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal government through attrition. Once that plan is implemented, the hiring freeze will expire.
Outsourcing jobs to the private sector to get around the freeze will not be permitted, Trump wrote.
That last sentence is key and it’s going to keep Trump’s new OMB pick busy. Previous freezes under both Jimmy Carter and Reagan wound up not saving us much money because managers simply brought in more private sector contractors to get around the freeze. That allegedly won’t be happening going forward.
The attrition portion of the plan shouldn’t be too difficult. At any given time there are a significant number of workers who are eligible for retirement but still staying on the job until they max out their benefits and make preparations for the end of their careers. By simply failing to replace them we could significantly trim the herd.
You knew a move like this wasn’t going to happen without controversy and the old guard is already looking to cause trouble. The target for their ire is the concern that a hiring freeze will adversely affect diversity. If that one has you doing a double take, you’re not alone. But there’s a rationale being offered for it. You see, they needed to hire more Hispanic workers.
The Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission called on agencies with at least 1,000 full-time employees to conduct a more focused barrier analysis on Hispanic employment based on a recommendation from the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment. The reviews should focus on employees at the General Schedule 12 level through the Senior Executive Service, assessing recruitment of Latinos, hiring levels, promotions, and separations, among other workforce data and trends related to the population. OPM and EEOC are asking agencies for detailed, in-depth analyses…
The timing of the memo was unusual. It was issued two days before the Obama administration left, and less than a week later, President Trump issued an executive order freezing federal hiring except for members of the military, and public safety and public health workers. Trump has not announced a nominee to lead OPM yet, and EEOC Chair Jenny Yangs term expires in July.
Did you catch that? We’re being set up for accusations that Donald Trump is suppressing diversity in hiring Hispanic workers. (Because he must be a racist, right?) But the basis for the accusation is that the Obama administration didn’t hire enough Hispanic workers. It’s really enough to make your head spin. But be that as it may, the big freeze is here and we expect to see the government behemoth going on a crash diet very soon.
More good news.
Trump and working Americans win again!
Obama didn’t hire enough Hispanics, therefore Trump is racist.
I’m sure that Andrea Mitchell, Dan Rather, and Chuck Todd will consider this a damning accusation.
If they would, that'd solve the problem without Trump having to fire anyone.
Just curious....from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS....who are the Latinos hired for their ‘news’?
adversely affect diversity
Good! Go Trump!
Diversity , like the Oscars nominations ? LOL
DJT did his part ... workers, your turn. Seeeeee ya.
Why isn’t anyone screaming about the lack of diversity in Latin American or African countries?
Why is it only majority Caucasian countries that are putting up with this crap?
I already know the answer but wanted to put this out there.
GO GO GO
Political correctness dies hard, not without a lot of screeching and flailing.
>>Diversity , like the Oscars nominations ? LOL<<
It looks like the affirmative action program worked this year. Of course every Person of Color who wins will have a mental asterisk as with most beneficiaries of AA programs.
Government should not reduce workforce merely through attrition. All managers should be required to review and recommend for termination, all marginally performing employees
Government should not be in the business of hiring on the basis of ethnicity, nor should it be counting heads. Wasn’t it “content of character” Their Hero said should only matter?
In principle I agree with reducing the number of Federal employees; it’s been a long time coming.
On the other hand, as an IT contractor who has relied on contracts for work on Gov’t projects I am now faced with an even tighter job market for my skills.
Looks like it’s time to learn a few more!
RE: Just curious....from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS....who are the Latinos hired for their news?
Well, we had the very hostile confrontation between Trump and a CNN reporter named Jim Acosta, a Cuban American just the other day wherein Trump refused to give him a question and called his organization “fake news”. That’s one right there.
Easy peazy. All Pres. Trump needs to do is wait for a good snowfall in D. C. The “essential personnel,” who are necessary for the government to function, stay on the payroll. Everyone who can stay home, can be laid off.
It’s going to be such fun in the next 4 years!!! :)
Personally, I’ve had quite enough of this ‘diversity’ buzzword and what it denotes, thank you.
Ironically enough, Trump will see to it that Federal diversity (as defined to mean “less white”) actually increases. How? Because the more senior employees tend to include more white people, because they were hired many years ago, when diversity was less of a fetish than it is now. As the older, more white workers retire and are not replaced, boom, what’s left is a more diverse workforce.
Think Trump will get any credit for this?
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