President Trump has ordered a freeze of federal hiring, The New York Times reported.
"He plans to halt hiring for most federal employees outside of essential personnel and soldiers."
Trump's short-term plan is simple: He plans to halt hiring for most federal employees outside of essential personnel and soldiers. His long-term plan, however, is a bit murkier, because no one knows exactly how it'll play out. He wants to control the growth of the government by "reducing the federal workforce through attrition."
American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr., disagrees with Trump's decisions, saying it'll cost U.S. taxpayers more in the long run because agencies will have to hire expensive outside contractors to do the same job as full-time employees.
"President Trump's action will disrupt government programs and services that benefit everyone and actually increase taxpayer costs by forcing agencies to hire more expensive contractors to do work that civilian government employees are already doing for far less," said Cox Sr.
As you might expect, opinions on the matter differ.
Congressman Tom McClintock agreed with Trump's decisions to scale back government growth, but also offered realistic insight into what the president must to do to ensure it works.
"I applaud President Trump's determination to pare back the federal government," McClintock wrote in a statement to The Sacramento Bee. "The plan's success, though, rests in redesigning the service delivery systems, eliminating unnecessary agencies and reforming the direct spending programs. Otherwise, you run the risk of shorting manpower in your top-priority functions while continuing over-staffing of low-priority or unnecessary agencies."
The question that's likely on many veterans' minds is: How will this new order affect the VA and them?
The hiring freeze may affect each facility across the U.S. differently, but in California the numbers look like this: Right now, California is advertising 866 federal government jobs, The Sacramento Bee reported. Fifty three jobs are located in Sacramento, and most of those are for VA positions.
At first, this may not seem like a lot, but consider this: The VA has a troubled history trying to reduce wait times for veterans seeking care. Much of that has to do with the lack of qualified staff on board who can treat them. Time will tell whether an exception will be made for VA doctors and physicians, but we wouldn't be surprised if many close to the VA – including veterans – are hesitant to back such a measure.