Justice Department Under Hiring Freeze
By Fahima Haque | January 24, 2011 9:41 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to Justice Department employees Friday ordering a hiring freeze, citing the overall federal budget crunch. He also asked the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals to curb non-personnel spending, ABC News reported.

In the memo, Holder said the freeze is necessary because the government is funded through March 4 by a temporary continuing resolution, which keeps current funding at the same levelsĀ  from the 2010 fiscal year. By freezing hiring, Holder said he hoped to minimize “more severe future measures, such as staff furloughs.”

Other cutbacks include eliminating non-essential travel and not attending conferences. DOJ’s counterterrorism work and anti-drug operations will continue as is, Justice Department officials told ABC News.

“Given the Department’s vast size and broad responsibilities, the financial restrictions that I announced will be difficult but, given our funding restraints, are required,” Holder wrote. He added: “I anticipate revisiting the Department’s hiring and and staffing situation in the spring, once we know our likely full-year funding level.”



One Comment

  1. Publius Novus says:

    I worked for DOJ for almost 34 years. In 23 of those years, we were under a full or partial hiring freeze all or part of the year. In 30 of 34 years, we were told to “do more with less.” We actually did more with less in one year–when we were issued desktop computers in the mid-1980s and essentiall dispensed with secretaries. The rest of the time we generally did less with less. Many years we did even less with less, because we spent a not insubstantial amount of time and energy rearranging the deck chairs in order to reschedule and re-prioritize the ever-growing workload that had to be done with ever-fewer lawyers to do it. In other words General Holder, it costs money to file all those additional motions for extensions of time.

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