Thank you for contacting me about the president’s federal hiring freeze. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views and comments with me.

On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum ordering a freeze on the hiring of federal civilian employees in the executive branch, while also instructing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) to develop a long-term plan within 90 days to reduce the size of the federal workforce.

I oppose the president’s federal hiring freeze, and made a public statement to this effect on January 23, 2017, which can be viewed HERE. While this order does not apply to military personnel or other national security positions within the federal government, the federal budget cannot be balanced on the backs of our federal workforce. I do not support this type of across-the-board freeze, as I believe it is better to look at priorities and areas where appropriate cuts can be made in order to eliminate unnecessary costs to shrink our nation’s growing deficit. As the General Accounting Office has previously reported, past hiring freezes in both Republican and Democrat administrations have cost the federal government money in the long-run.

Thank you again for contacting me. It is a privilege to serve you in the Tenth District. I may also be contacted at my Sterling office at 703-404-6903, or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-5136. By visiting, you can sign up to receive my email newsletters and follow my efforts to serve you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on my activities in Congress and in the District. If I may ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress