The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has so far exempted three offices from President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze, according to an OPM spokesperson. Administrative law judges and hearing support staff, as well as processing center employees, at the Social Security Administration are exempted. However, there is so far no exception for field office staff.
Agencies can request, and OPM can grant, additional exemptions if they fall outside of the scope of the original guidance the administration released on January 31, 2017. Agency heads can also exempt specific positions in the national security or public health fields — or if those positions fall under OPM and the Office of Management and Budget’s original guidance.
By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®