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NEWS | Aug. 12, 2011

Officials announce civilian workforce hiring freeze

By Capt. Mary Danner-Jones Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Air Force officials announced the implementation of a 90-day hiring freeze effective Aug. 9.

A firm commitment to keep spending within requested levels led to implement the hiring freeze across the civilian workforce, officials said.

In addition to a 90-day hiring freeze, the officials plan to reduce temporary and term employees and will implement both the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority program.

Officials project that all major commands, direct reporting units and field operation agencies will be affected by these actions.

"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 Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. "We are mindful of the potential impacts of budget constraints on our civilian force and their families, which is why we are seeking to reduce the need for involuntary measures."

The 90-day hiring freeze is intended to quickly reduce civilian strength levels to budgetary limits and enable future hiring to support the most critical mission requirements.

"We will do our utmost to provide timely, candid communication on specific efforts as details are finalized," General Jones said.

For additional information on civilian workforce reduction measures, personnel should contact their local civilian personnel office, or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.