Federal jobs are going unfilled even though President Donald Trump has made plans to lift the hiring freeze as of Wednesday. This move was wisely made as a part of the Trump administration’s plan to “drain the swamp.”
The lift on the hiring freeze does not give companies the free reign it once had and they will no longer be able “to hire willy-nilly.” The hiring plan is now going to be replaced by a “smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan,” and will replace what was once the freeze that was implemented as soon as President Trump took office.
There are no specific hiring goals or limits any more, but instead, agencies will be regulated through budget cuts. For example, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will be receiving many budget cuts and as a result will have to significantly diminish their work force.
Mulvaney declined to say how many jobs, overall, the administration intends to eliminate, but said: “I think it probably goes without saying that net, we think we could run the government more efficiently than the previously administration.”
Under the guidance, agencies will also have until June to submit drafts for overhauling their workforces and coming up with ideas for streamlining operations as part of a larger effort to restructure the federal government. The administration is surveying the public, academics, lawmakers and others for ideas such as potentially moving the National Nuclear Security Administration to the Department of Defense from the Department of Energy, where it currently resides.
“The president of the United States has asked all of in the executive branch to start from scratch,” Mulvaney said. He acknowledged that many such changes would require congressional sign-off. “We’re not trying to ram it down their throats,” he said.