USAF Issues Hiring Freeze, IT Buy Delay Directive Ahead of Sequestration

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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer and Acting Undersecretary Jamie Morin have ordered a hiring freeze on civilian workers and delay of some purchases ahead of sequestration, Defense News reports.

Aaron Mehta writes Spencer and Morin sent a memo to major commands Jan. 14, directing them to take several short-term actions with the goal of alleviating budget pressures if Congress does not pass a budget agreement by March 1, the scheduled start date of sequestration.

Commands should stop buying information technology equipment and furniture, the memo says, according to the report.

The Air Force could furlough civilian workers for up to 22 days, according to Mehta’s report.

Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno issued a similar directive to Army post commands on how to handle the budget uncertainty.

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