State Department to maintain hiring freeze: report

State Department to maintain hiring freeze: report
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The State Department will maintain a hiring freeze even as other federal agencies lift their freeze, Reuters reported Thursday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told his agency's employees in a Wednesday memo that State will keep its freeze in effect.

"Although the Office of Management and Budget lifted the federal hiring freeze effective April 12, 2017, the Department will maintain its hiring freeze in effect for the present time. Any change to this policy will be notified promptly," the memo said, according to Reuters.

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The White House on Tuesday said it will lift President Trump’s hiring freeze after critics said it hampered the government from carrying out core functions.

Trump had signed an executive order on his first full work day in the White House that temporarily halted all non-military federal hiring, an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” and reduce the size of government.