Trump Admin Ends Hiring Freeze, Announces Plan to Restructure Government

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney touched on the broad strokes of a plan in an April 11 press conference, detailing the White House's goal to reorganize the executive branch with a focus on maximizing efficiency and improving the delivery of services.

President Donald Trump speaking during a meeting about the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. back in February. Likewise, Mulvaney said the Defense Department and other defense-related agencies should expect job increases.

He said that getting lobbyists out of the process was part of it, but that so was restructuring the government, including being able to reward people doing good jobs and find a way to get the others to follow suit or get out.

It will be up to Congress to set actual spending levels for federal agencies, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were highly critical of Trump's spending plan.

However, the catch is, that the new hires are expected to be exclusively in areas in which the budget signaled as areas for expansion and that the agencies must determine whether filling a position adheres to the President's plans. "I don't like that, you don't like that, and President Trump doesn't like that, and he's asked me to try and fix it", he said.

Mulvaney made the point clear on Tuesday: "The government hiring freeze will end with the release of this guidance".

President Donald Trump will lift his 2-month-old hiring freeze on federal employees Wednesday, but it still could be some time before open posts at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs get filled.

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Mulvaney, reflecting the optimism of the Trump administration, added: "This [refocus from hatchet to scalpel] is a big part of draining the swamp". The VA is one of three agencies slated for more money amid big-time cuts to other domestic programs.

The executive branch of government "has never been rebuilt", Mulvaney said. He acknowledged that many such changes would require congressional sign-off.

"‶We have assembled one of the greatest cabinets in history", Trump said during the signing of his executive order about federal hiring in January.

Nor did Mulvaney specify an expected percentage reduction in the workforce; past Republican proposals, including one he sponsored while a member of the House, called for a 10 percent cut, with the lower number then acting as an employment cap. Several departments, including the State Department, were granted exemptions from the hiring freeze after voicing concerns.

Many federal employees have been concerned about their fate since the day they saw Trump's proposed spending cuts.

Those changes would be adopted in Trump's fiscal 2019 budget.

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