Air Force to Lift Hiring Freeze

December 15, 2011

The Air Force will lift its 90-day hiring freeze on Thursday, Federal News Radio reports.

Implemented in August, Air Force Personnel Center officials used the freeze to reduce workforce numbers to 2010 levels. As part of that effort, the Air Force also offered early retirements and buyouts to roughly 6,000 civilian employees in September.

The service has cut nearly 9,000 positions since the spring, but still needs to eliminate 4,500 more to reach its goal.

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