Topic ID #37965 - posted 1/23/2017 11:07 AM



No hires for Federal agencies until...? How will Parks, Forests, etc. function effectively? Can they afford to contract it all?

Post ID#20836 - replied 1/24/2017 3:13 AM

Jennifer Palmer

“No vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.  This order does not include or apply to military personnel. The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.” 
More info can be found here:

Post ID#20837 - replied 1/25/2017 4:45 AM


Don't panic, folks. The freeze is for 90 days, max. Then OPM and OMB will put forward a plan to reduce the size of the workforce through attrition. In other words, when someone retires, they may not fill in the position. Plenty of room for exceptions. And this says, at this point, nothing about seasonals, so, repeat: Don't panic.

Post ID#20838 - replied 1/25/2017 9:29 AM


We can only wait and see what happens. The freeze does apply to seasonals and terms. OMB does have 90 days to come up with a plan. The current freeze will be lifted upon implementation of the plan so it may be longer than 90 days. It is impossible to imagine that a seasonal freeze would extend into tourist season. Hope for the best.

Post ID#20842 - replied 2/3/2017 11:53 AM


Here are official details on the hiring freeze, and how it will be implemented by OPM:

Post ID#20844 - replied 2/4/2017 5:34 AM


We have a green light to hire seasonals. Less clear on Term positions.

Post ID#20847 - replied 2/12/2017 7:22 PM


Unfortunately the green light to hire seasonals came after the cancellation of many temp positions due to the freeze. Ugh.

Post ID#20848 - replied 2/16/2017 2:32 AM

Jennifer Palmer

Seems like a flurry of postings are now coming out. I see a few permanent postings as well.  I'm not sure what the story behind those may be.  Perhaps the respective HR officials still want to fill a cert in anticipation of what will happen after those 90 days?  Sometimes positions have special funding that doesn't come from the regular budget, and I'm not sure if those would be affected in the same way either.

Post ID#20849 - replied 2/17/2017 10:28 PM


Terms and Perms not being hired while the freeze is in place. Bummer if you have project money to hire Terms. Even previously approved Permanent positions are being filled with Seasonals so work can get completed. Parks are planning on re-organizing with fewer permanent staff.

Post ID#20852 - replied 2/22/2017 7:53 AM


FEBRUARY 21: On Friday, Feb 17, the Office of Management and Budget approved the National Park Service’s hiring plans for seasonal employees. We will immediately resume the hiring process for thousands of seasonal employees critical to supporting our national parks during their peak visitation periods.


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