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Government Advertises for Nearly 2,600 New Jobs Since Sequestration

This includes 107 new positions at the Department of Homeland Security, which has freed illegal immigrants citing budgetary constraints.

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Bridget Johnson

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March 11, 2013 - 7:56 pm
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With Office of Management and Budget fact sheets in hand, President Obama warned of dire cutbacks and consequences should sequestration go into effect March 1.

The cuts happened, White House tours have been halted, and the administration swears it’s not overreacting to the bare-bones budget directive.

But in the days since the hammer of sequestration fell, the federal government is hiring anew.

A search tonight of the USA Jobs federal employment website, filtered to positions in the United States and posted over the past 10 days, yielded 2,596 results.

This includes 107 positions at the Department of Homeland Security, which has claimed cutbacks have resulted in everything from a more taxing security line at airports to the need to free illegal immigrant detainees.

Jobs included transportation security officers in rural areas, a library technician in Baltimore, a recreational boating safety specialist in Cleveland, natural hazards program specialists in Denton, Texas, and various program analyst positions in the D.C. area. Various six-figure supervisory jobs are also open.

One hundred and fifteen jobs have been posted since sequestration began for the Agriculture Department, which warned of Americans falling ill from tainted food due to short staffing should sequestration go into effect.

Jobs posted included soil technicians, a recreation forestry technician in Sedona, Ariz., a dairy grader in Winnsboro, Texas, an archaeologist in McCall, Idaho, and a social science analyst.

The highest number of job postings since sequestration went into effect is at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 909 new openings at the time of publication. The OMB painted a grim picture of tens of thousands of homeless vets being returned to the streets due to the budget cuts.

As the OMB warned Indian tribes would lose nearly $130 million in funding from the Interior Department, 115 new jobs have been posted in the sequestration era including multiple park guides to stock up for the summer, a museum aide, plant technicians, and more.

And while the White House warned of hundreds of furloughed federal prosecutors and a thousand fewer criminal cases being brought to court each year, the Justice Department has 46 new job postings including a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorneys, a law librarian, a trial attorney, and a deputy chief for the civil rights division.

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The rules are for everyone else, NOT him. It's been that way from day ONE when he said I won.
1 year ago
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And to think Obama, the Honest, is ignoring the principals of the Sequestration. This man who is in the Presidential position has a long liars tail that I believe has been caught in the kitichen screen door. If thr Democrat Senate will not do its job in Impeachment then that body seriously needs to be denuded of its Democrat Senators there by balancing the Checks and Balances. The Democrats have too long been in power and have near destroyed the country. in over 80 years..
1 year ago
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All, USA Jobs has a listing of every federal job in Government. Any vacancies are posted on a regular basis and you can even apply for the positions. However, there is a hiring freeze on for ANY new hires. The only positions being filled are the critical ones and there are not many of those comparatively speaking.

As was previously mentioned, many Federal employees ARE retiring but most of those jobs will be left unfilled until well after the sequester is over.
1 year ago
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The sequester a week later: Obama still holding America hostage
http://networkedblogs.com/J5XSH
#tcot #teaparty #patriot #Resist44
1 year ago
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It also could just be hiring to replace attrition loses: 20,000 Federal employees filed for retirement in Feb., on top of another 20,000 in Jan. (http://www.federalnewsradio.com/520/3240955/Upsurge-in-February-retirements-causes-backlog-to-balloon)

There is a huge number of Federal employees nearing retirement (or already eligible). It would be possible for some agencies to cover their sequestration "cuts" with attrition alone. Any critical positions could be new hires (at baseline salary - so cheaper) and still have a net savings. There is probably a lot more "ROAD" (Retired-On-Active-Duty) employees that can be pushed out the door.
1 year ago
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Journalist: Mr. President, in light of the many dire warnings you gave us regarding the consequences of the sequester ... could you please explain the fact that nearly 2,600 new jobs in government, have been advertised since your dire warnings?
Obama: Uhh ... well ... Let me be perfectly clear ... uhh ... when those positions are filled, I can then appear on national TV again and show the people that I have created jobs. Uhh ... (whispering) ... you'll never work as a journalist again.

I love it when "community agitating" is trumped by common sense.
Thanks Bridget
1 year ago
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Bridget! You hit this one out of the park! Great research and great article. With very little ink you have once again shown the soul of politics and Obama... Lies, lies and more lies. Too bad the 47% that put this jerk in office are too stupid to grasp the significance of what you have written.
1 year ago
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I agree! Bridget, you are one of the best at PJMedia. Great work!
1 year ago
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A lot of federal employees voted for their Gravy-Train-In-Chief. Also, follow the money whereby their unions donated over $87.5 million on the elections.
1 year ago
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An appropriate question to ask of Mr. Coburn might be: "How many federal jobs have you requested be terminated or otherwise not filled in your state of Oklahoma, in the name of sequestration?"
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