State's Hiring Freeze Crushed Morale and Impaired Key Trump Priorities, IG Says

Government Executive: The State Department’s 16-month hiring freeze instituted at the start the Trump administration negatively impacted activities across the department’s vast operational landscape, according to its internal watchdog, and the nation's diplomats and support staff are still struggling to recover.

The freeze hit State’s civil service much more acutely than its Foreign Service, the department’s inspector general found, with the civil service experiencing a 7% staffing reduction.

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