Pentagon’s civilian hiring freeze ends
WASHINGTON — A civilian hiring freeze ordered by the Pentagon as part of the Defense Department’s initiative to downsize its headquarter's staff has been lifted after three months.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work ordered the hiring halt to begin March 20 to ensure all personnel were accounted for in a new Pentagon accounting system, the Fourth Estate Manpower Tracking System. The freeze impacted all open full- and part-time, temporary and permanent civilian positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies and DOD Field Activities.
A Defense Department spokesman on Tuesday confirmed the freeze had been lifted.
“All organizations have met the June 30 deadline to finalize their manpower adjustments in the Fourth Estate Manpower Tracking System,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Badger, a DOD spokesman. “Each organization accounted for all of their positions in FMTS, and the hiring suspension for these activities is lifted.”
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