Shipyard Workers, MSC Mariners Exempted from DoD Hiring Freeze
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The hiring freeze imposed on the federal civilian workforce in late January after President Donald J. Trump assumed office exempts certain categories of employees essential for national defense, including some key to the Navy’s day-to-day operations, according to the Defense Department (DoD).
In a Feb. 1 memorandum to high-level defense civilian and military leaders, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work detailed the implementation of the president-directed hiring freeze.
Among the numerous categories of naval-related civilian personnel exempt from the hiring freeze are civilian mariners in Military Sealift Command (MSC) and positions at shipyards and depots in which “incumbents perform direct management of inventory and direct maintenance of equipment.”
Also exempt are positions “required for nuclear reactor and nuclear weapon safety and security” as well as “nuclear command, control and communications.”
Personnel required for cyber security and cyberspace operations or planning, space operations or planning, or required for “execution of the cyber and intelligence lifecycle operations, planning, or support thereof,” are exempted.
In addition, medical and dental personnel providing acute and emergency outpatient care or in-patient care at military medical facilities are exempt “to the extent necessary to maintain capability to ensure a medically ready force.”