Air Force Puts Hiring Freeze in Place for Civilians
The Air Force last week implemented a 90-day civilian hiring freeze, a move designed to comply with requested funding levels for fiscal 2012.
“We are operating in a very challenging fiscal environment and are focused on meeting mission requirements with a reduced budget,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, according to GovernmentExecutive.com. The goal of the hiring freeze is to stem the growth in billets by about 4,000 positions, the story said. The Air Force employs 146,660 full-time civilian employees.
The announcement follows one a week earlier by the Army that it will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by more than 8,700 workers by September 2012.
Along with the freeze, the Air Force will pare the number of temporary and term employees, and offer incentives for employees to voluntarily retire or leave the Air Force.