White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

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Washington( CNN) The Trump administration, by seeking to remake the width and scope of the federal government, will inform federal agencies Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s federal prohibition on hiring is over. But the Office of Management and Budget expects agencies to begin implementing more “targeted” and “surgical” gashes to bureau staffing.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney answered Tuesday the guidance, which will go out to business Wednesday morning, is an endeavor by the Trump administration to make good on the President’s promise to “drain the drench, ” a motto that animated his 2016 campaign.

“This is really important to the President, ” Mulvaney answered when asked why Trump will be able to do what past chairmen have failed to accomplish. “I can tell you that this is a big part of draining the swamp. … Really, what you are talking about doing is restructuring Washington, DC, and that is how you drain the swamp.”

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