KC federal workers fear job losses over Trump talk of hiring freeze

Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration is still six weeks away, but federal Social Security Administration employees in the Kansas City area are afraid.

Trump made many promises on the election trail, but recently announced his No. 2 priority is to put “a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition.”

It is a promise that has particular interest on both sides of the state line in Kansas City, a region in which federal employees comprise some 28,000 workers, placing the federal government first among all area employers.

Many work as members of the armed forces and Department of Defense, likely exempting them from proposed cuts. But the others work as civilians in 150 other area agencies or offices within departments that include commerce, treasury, transportation, labor, interior, energy, health and human services, justice, homeland security, education, housing and urban development, veterans affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration and others.

A loss of even 10 percent of the civilian federal workforce in Kansas City would equal about 1,300 jobs.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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