The Trump administration is planning to end its hiring freeze in the coming months, with the Department of Labor calling for an increased hiring rate of 20% or more over the next year.
Trump’s administration announced the hiring freeze at a White House news conference Tuesday, calling the hiring rate “an important milestone in the process of reining in oversize federal agencies” and warning that the hiring will help reduce federal spending.
The freeze, which dates back to the early 2000s, has caused many federal agencies to shrink and has resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the freeze and called on the administration to rescind it.
“This is the beginning of the end for the Obama-era freeze,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during the briefing.
“We’re trying to take a hard look at hiring in the federal government.”
In a statement, the Labor Department noted that the Obama administration has not cut federal hiring in nearly a decade.
“The Trump Administration has not been responsive to the concerns that have been raised by our employees,” the statement said.
“Instead of implementing these proposed cuts, the Administration has focused on implementing the policies it campaigned on.
We are confident this will result in a better economy, which is why we are going to take immediate action.”
The administration has made several changes to federal hiring over the last year, including a $4 billion increase in the maximum wage.
The increase will allow federal workers to earn up to $7.25 an hour, a $500 increase in overtime pay and a $100 bonus for every new employee hired.