From the Summary of Review: "The Joint Explanatory Statement for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 instructed OIG [Office of Inspector General] to review the effects of the Department of State's (Department) hiring freeze on domestic and overseas operations. Specifically, OIG was asked to determine: (1) the current status of the hiring freeze, including eligible family member employment and lateral transfers; (2) the impact of the hiring freeze on the day-to-day function and mission of the Department, embassies, and consulates during calendar year 2017; (3) the impact of the hiring freeze on the safety, morale, and welfare of Department personnel; (4) the impact of the hiring freeze on Department personnel costs; and (5) the impact of the suspension of eligible family member employment on embassy and consulate operations and on other Federal agencies."
Department of State, Office of Inspector General, Report No. ISP-I-19-23
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