This much we know: President Trump has ordered a limited federal hiring freeze and a broad review of the federal workforce with an eye toward reducing headcount.
But we don’t know many specifics regarding potential furloughs or layoffs in individual agencies, programs, missions and budgets.
True, given the president’s emphasis on immigration, homeland security and defense, a number of federal agencies are likely to maintain or even expand their workforces. DoD, ICE and other departments and agencies were enumerated in the president’s executive order as exceptions to the hiring freeze. Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency, on the other hand, know that they need to prepare for the possibility that their positions will be eliminated.
DON’T WAIT. Even if you’re in a department that hasn’t been mentioned as a target for workforce reductions, don’t just wait and see if you will be affected. It’s prudent to be prepared to act as soon the pending workforce plan of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management is announced.

Hiring Freeze Exceptions: Good Federal Job News for Military Spouses for DOD Federal Jobs in the USA

On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed this 2017 Fiscal Order for Budgets and Actions for the Department of Defense, including a GREAT new improvement for military spouses who want to apply for and land a high quality, relocatable career with the Federal Government!
Now, with the new legislation, a military spouse can apply for positions through Priority Placement Program – Spouses (PPP-S) for Department Of Defense (DOD) positions in the US throughout their PCS order time, instead of just the first two years.
The Program S of the PPP applies only to positions being filled under competitive procedures under merit promotion. So, it applies to only a limited number of positions, including a geographic region within the commuting distance of their spouses’ installation. Other non-DOD positions require that the spouse apply directly to the vacancy announcement and claim their preference through the USAJOBS profile and application process.

Exceptions to the Federal Hiring Freeze: An FAQ

We’ve all heard that President Trump’s executive order of January 23, 2017, temporarily suspended the hiring of federal employees. But we’ve also heard that there are MANY exceptions – potentially hundreds of thousands of civil service jobs and political position – that are exempt from the freeze. What larger patterns are there in those exemptions, and how should job seekers proceed with their federal employment applications? Here are some common questions and common-sense answers.

Q: When I see a job posted on USAJOBS, does that mean it’s definitely not frozen?

Q: If I’m not sure whether a particular vacancy is exempt from the hiring freeze, how can I find out?

Q: The entire military is exempted from the hiring freeze. But what about the Department of Defense?

Q: What other major departments of government are authorized to continue hiring?

Q: I’ve heard that the Veterans Administration has exempted many jobs from the freeze. Is that correct?