USAID Cancels Development Positions As Part Of State Department Hiring Freeze

The Hill: USAID tells applicants that jobs have been ‘cancelled’: report
“The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) notified dozens of applicants for foreign service jobs last month that the positions had been closed, a spokesman for the agency confirmed on Saturday. The cancellations, reported by the international development news website Devex [last] week, hit 97 applicants who were already going through the agency’s pre-employment process…” (Greenwood, 11/4).

Washington Post: USAID cancels jobs for dozens of applicants amid State Department hiring freeze
“…The jobs all were for overseas spots at the core of USAID’s mission and were being sought to fill existing and anticipated vacancies caused in part by attrition, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to address hiring decisions more candidly. The decision to inform applicants that the jobs they sought no longer exist grew out of a partial hiring freeze put in place by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while a ‘redesign’ of the department is underway. Ending any pretense that the positions might open soon was a tacit admission that the freeze is unlikely to lift, even if Congress restores budget cuts of 30 percent or more sought by the Trump administration…” (Morello, 11/4).

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