Just a few days into Donald Trump's presidency, he has already taken actions that raise potential challenges and opportunities for federal contractors. In his Memorandum of January 23, 2017, Trump imposed a hiring freeze on civilian employees. The order also states that "[c]ontracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted." The order requires the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to "recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government's workforce through attrition" within 90 days (i.e., late April of this year). The order will expire upon implementation of the OMB plan. In the short-term, this creates obvious challenges for agencies and their contractors seeking new employees to perform government services.
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