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Trump freezes all recruitment in Federal government offices.

Editorial Staff

US President Donald Trump issued a number of diktats (sorry, Executive Orders) on his first full day in office. But one is likely to greater impact : a blanket freeze on recruitment at all federal offices.

The executive order expressly permits re-allocation of staff within government. It also requires the heads of departments to begin a process to determine how headcount can be reduced. But it is clear: reduction in headcount must be due to attrition.

Any positions that were vacant as of midday 22 January 2017 must be left vacant.