Camp Humphreys commander talks about possible impact of hiring freeze
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The Trump administration's hiring freeze has left key jobs vacant and could jeopardize readiness at this U.S. base, the commander said Wednesday.
“The hiring freeze that we’re under right now … is having a big impact on us in Korea writ large,” Col. Joseph Holland, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, said in an interview in his office.
President Donald Trump ordered a government-wide hiring freeze on Jan. 23, just three days after taking office. He excluded the military and allowed the Office of Personnel Management to grant exemptions elsewhere.
Holland said it was helpful that the base was able to recruit and fill critical positions up to eight months ahead of the incumbent employee’s departure in a bid to soften the blow.
But he said many positions, including important support roles for soldiers and their families, remained vulnerable because of bureaucratic delays and confusion.
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