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Senators Ask Panetta to Stop Planned Hiring Freeze at Pentagon

Barbara Mikulski, Senate

A handful of senators are trying to prevent the Defense Department from implementing a hiring freeze at the Pentagon. They say DoD could be breaking the law if the freeze does happen.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and urged him to reconsider the plan to freeze.

“Placing an arbitrary headcount on the number of federal employees at the DoD is not the way to make the department run more efficiently,” Mikulski wrote in the letter as reported by Federal News Radio.

The senators say there are laws that restrict DoD’s practice of putting a head count on the size of the federal workforce.

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