Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos (Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps on Friday imposed a 90-day hiring freeze for almost all civilian employees to prepare for steep budget cuts in fiscal 2012.
The freeze memo, a draft of which was obtained by Federal Times, includes some exemptions — such as firefighters, police and other first responders, overseas positions and U.S. Cyber Command — from the freeze. The Marine Corps will also be allowed to hire new employees needed to work on the Navy's Next Generation Enterprise Network, which is expected to replace the faulty Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.
If a tentative offer has been made in writing to a potential new employee, the Corps will allow that hire to take place. The Corps will also consider requests for other exemptions case by case, and with the approval of at least a three-star general.
Career ladder promotions will be allowed, but promotions resulting from reclassification of positions will not be allowed until the freeze expires.
The memo says the freeze is needed to help the Marine Corps take stock of its civilian work force and prepare for steep budget cuts expected to begin in fiscal 2012.