Trump Administration Calls for Federal Workforce Reductions, but Lifts Hiring Freeze

April 12, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney issued guidance for reforming the Federal Government and reducing the Federal civilian workforce.  The guidance follows-up the administration’s actions aimed at downsizing the federal bureaucracy  including a January 2017 hiring freeze and a March 13 Executive Order directing OMB to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize Executive Branch departments and agencies.  Specifically, the guidance would require all agencies to submit plans to achieve near-term and long-term workforce reductions and cost savings.  The final long-term plans are due to OMB by September of 2017 in order to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan.  In exchange for the new approach, the administration has lifted the hiring freeze which was criticized for leaving some agencies short of critical personnel.