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?

Hiring Freeze Exemption: 10,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Jobs

Yes the federal government is in a hiring freeze, but there will be a total of 15,000 jobs opening up with DHS!
With President Trump’s recent Executive Orders, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will endeavor to hire 10,000 additional employees. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will look to hire 5,000 employees. CBP and ICE fall under the DHS.
Executive Orders Are Creating These Jobs
President Trump issued several Executive Orders to more strictly enforce immigration laws: cutting access by immigrants from certain countries to come into the US, through the building of a physical wall, easing the process for deporting undocumented immigrants and ending the policy known as “catch and release,” among other policies. The ICE order directed the agency to “take all appropriate action” to hire enforcement and removal officers to the extent permitted by law

Hiring Freeze Exemption: 5,000+ Customs and Border Protection Officer Jobs U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Begin your federal career as a Customs and Border Protection Officer and Border Patrol Agent!

President Trump signed an Executive Order on Jan 25, 2017 to begin building The Wall and hire 5,000 (up to 15,000) Customs and Border Protection Officer positions. These positions will be exempt from the Federal Job Hiring Freeze that Pres Trump signed yesterday.

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America’s Borders

“Sec. 8. Additional Border Patrol Agents. Subject to available appropriations, the Secretary, through the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shall take all appropriate action to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, and all appropriate action to ensure that such agents enter on duty and are assigned to duty stations as soon as is practicable.