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Fri May 19, 2017, 12:35 PM

Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administrations hiring freeze

Source: New York Times

Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze

By Lena H. Sun May 19 at 7:00 AM

Nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. At the National Institutes of Health, staff say clinical work, patient care and recruitment are suffering.

Like HHS, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have maintained the freeze as a way of reducing their workforces and reshaping organizational structures after a directive last month from the Office of Management and Budget that said all federal agencies must submit a plan by June 30 to shrink their civilian workforces. HHS, State and EPA also face significant cuts in the Trump administration’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The administration, which unveiled a “skinny budget” for fiscal 2018 in March, is scheduled to release its full budget next week.

A senior CDC official said unfilled positions include dozens of budget analysts and public health policy analysts, scientists and advisers who provide key administrative support. Their duties include tracking federal contracts awarded to state and local health departments and ensuring that lab scientists have the equipment they need.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:55 PM

1. This is a Bannon scheme.

He (and similar right-wing doorknobs) have hated government for so long, they honestly have no clue about the very important things it does that the private sector simply has no profit motive to provide.

If it weren't for all the innocent people who will suffer, I would love for them to actually see what it means to get that horrible mean old government completely out of the way.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 04:13 PM

2. You're right, that stupid SOB only cares about wrecking everything

He has absolutely no idea what the CDC does or why it's a damned good thing we have it. He only wants to throw people out of work and with any luck, watch them starve while he gets fatter.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jun 9, 2017, 05:16 PM

3. Scary. A deadly pandemic isn't an "if" but a "when."

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WHEN one of the several possibilities that pop up each year isn't stopped before it spreads past the point it can be contained.

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