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 levels 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.”