Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Has anyone asked what affect a hiring freeze might have?
When I received my offer call, the DOJ attorney spent a few minutes talking about the potential for hiring freezes. She said that if there is one, it almost definitely wouldn't affect current offers. For future applicants, it's more iffy. While a hiring freeze may actually result in some components not hiring anyone, the way a freeze actually works is that Congress tells departments that they will not be getting any extra funding to hire. So technically, a department could rearrange their budget to make room for new hires. Obviously this is more difficult since few agencies have an extra 100k to throw around for a new attorney.
Unrelated question: has anyone received their travel reimbursements yet?
Did she address the potential issue/likelihood of executive action to freeze hiring (rather than Congressional action on the budget)? DOJ could be rolling in cash but at the stroke of a pen not hire anyone.
She did not. But I imagine an executive action is certainly a possibility. I may be wrong, but I don't think there's ever been a year where DOJ honors simply didn't happen. Though, IIRC there has been years where a component like CRT only hired 1-2 people rather than the 12 they're hiring this year. DOJ Honors is a 30+ year old program; it's not going anywhere. It seems likely that no new position will be created, but if a handful of people leave Federal Programs, for example, those people will need to be replaced.