Sunday 26, Feb 2017

Local Headlines

Forestry, Fire Service, Will Not Be Affected By Federal Hiring Freeze

On January 23rd of this year, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum ordering a 90 day halt to the hiring of federal employees.

The freeze was meant to restrict growth of federal government as the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management, work on a long-term plan to cut what is seen as unnecessary government oversight.

The Alaska Fire Service branch of the Bureau of Land Management was able to avoid this freeze by doing most hiring during December.
The Fire Service also works with the Division of Forestry; but because this is a state agency, it will not be affected by the freeze.

The Public Affairs Specialist at the Alaska Fire Service, Beth Ipsen, says workers of concern as a result of the freeze are temporary and seasonal employees.