The government recently issued guidance on the impact of the current federal hiring freeze which stated that the freeze did not apply to seasonal employees who are needed to meet recurring seasonal workloads. Based on this guidance, both the National Park Service and Forest Service should be able to hire summer employees to meet the seasonal demands at National Parks and Forests. One condition which has to be met is that the agency must inform its OMB Resource Management Office in writing of its hiring plans in advance. The federal hiring freeze was implemented on January 23, 2017 by President Trump and will be in effect until OMB issues a long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal government workforce.
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