Maintenance workers getting waivers to Trump hiring freeze
WASHINGTON — The military is keeping work going at its depots and shipyards by giving needed maintenance employees waivers to President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze, the services’ four vice chiefs said Wednesday.
The services are still working through the exemptions for Defense Department civilians who work on and build aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. But despite concerns among Democrats, military leadership believes the 90-day halt in federal government hiring will not hurt operations, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps officers told a Senate panel.
Trump’s temporary hiring freeze was among his first acts as president and Democrats in the House and Senate have warned it could block the Defense Department from filling the crucial positions at facilities across the country as temporary employment terms expire.
“We have some pretty good assurances that … [with] the temporary hiring freeze that has been put in place we will be able to make exemptions for our people at our shipyards,” said Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations. “We are still working through the mechanics of that, though.”
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