Presidential candidate would freeze government hiring

Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson wants to curb government spending by halting federal hiring.

If elected, Thompson said, he would stop government agencies from acquiring new personnel for one year and his administration would perform senior-level assessments of agency priorities.

“This will give a new administration time to assess its personnel requirements in order to ‘right size’ the federal workforce,” according to a statement posted earlier this week on Thompson’s campaign Web site.

Two other candidates have promised to reshape the federal workforce. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not rehire half the positions that will be vacated after the baby boomer retirement wave hits in the next three years. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said she would cut half a million contractors.

Thompson also promised to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of all federal programs in an effort to defund, combine or probate underperforming projects. The issue was spurred by the results of the Office of Management and Budget’s Program Assessment Rating Tool, which found many government programs moderately effective or ineffective.

The Bush administration responded similarly to PART results, eventually issuing an executive order Nov. 13 requiring all agencies to select performance improvement officers to be part of a Performance Improvement Council. The council will be charged with standardizing evaluation criteria, monitoring performance assessments and making policy recommendations.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.