The Defense Department has ended aÂ hiring freeze on vacant civilian jobs at âfourth stateâ agencies after such agencies listed in a database system the positions they plan to eliminate in compliance with a âdelayeringâ program, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.
âAll organizations have met the June 30 deadline to finalize their manpower adjustments in the Fourth Estate Manpower Tracking System,â said Lt. Col. Eric Badger, a spokesman for DoD, according to the report.
TheÂ fourth EstateÂ covers 28Â DoDÂ agencies that are not part of the threeÂ military departments.
These include theÂ office of defense secretary, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,Â Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Security Cooperation AgencyÂ and theÂ National Security Agency.
Badger said in an emailed statement to Defense News that Work is âstill holding leadership accountable for meeting their planned reductions of Major Headquarters Activities positions over the next 4 years.â
âWe continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,âÂ Badger added.