WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Moore) of Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District introduced legislation to prohibit the federal employee hiring freeze from being applied to certain Department of Defense or DoD civilian employees, and a measure to ensure work at Tinker Air Force Base and McAlester Ammunition Plant can continue if there is a lapse in federal funding.
H.R. 989 would exempt certain DoD civilian employees from any furlough resulting from a lapse in discretionary appropriations.
“While Congress works to complete its appropriations process for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 and for Fiscal Year 2018, it is imperative that our civilian employees like those at Tinker Air Force Base continue with their work with the confidence,” Cole said. “Maintenance and sustainment work at Tinker Air Force Base in my district, rely on the constant cycle of finding, training and retaining workers to ensure the warfighter has the equipment that they need. It would be a waste of taxpayer and federal dollars if we prevent work from taking place that has already been paid for scheduled. We must keep pace with the sustainment of our weapon systems.”
H.R. 990 would prohibit any hiring freeze affecting DoD civilian employees in facilities that perform depot maintenance, or are designated as a center for industrial and technical excellence.
Currently, there are more than 550 positions affected by the Executive Order hiring freeze at Tinker Air Force Base. However,…