The freeze exempted the military, VA health care jobs, and in some cases national security and public safety-related positions, but thousands of jobs remained open in places like the Department of Defense and the VA.
Wright-Patterson spokeswoman Marie Vanover said the Miami Valley military installation was awaiting instructions from Air Force headquarters on how to proceed once the hiring freeze has lifted.
“Because we haven’t received guidance on this, we don’t know how many positions might be filled,” she said Wednesday.
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Dayton VA spokesman Ted Froats said the facility was working with its central office to determine how to move ahead with hiring and fill “the most urgent positions with the most qualified applicants first.”
Gessel said the extent of cuts to the federal workforce was still playing out.
“I’m hopeful that defense (civil workers) will be protected from downsizing, but we don’t know. We simply do not know the direction the administration will take other than the administration has promised to make defense a high priority,” he said.