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Virtually All Agencies Continue to Hire in
High Priority Positions Despite Sequester
Agencies directly linked to national security and justice still hiring in
Homeland Security, Justice and Defense are still among Agencies hiring at or
near pre-sequester levels.
The effects of the budget sequester are under debate. Some observers believe the
sequester has minimal impact on personnel actions. Some law makers say
sequestration for the Pentagon should be ended. Senator Lindsey Graham said, "If
we don't replace the cuts in sequestration, we're going to compromise our
ability to be successful against ISIL and other emerging threats."
Other observers believe, that especially over time, the sequester will result in
reduced hiring at many Agencies.
Apply While Vacancies Are Still Open
Whatever scenario may apply, job candidates are well advised to apply for
current openings sooner rather than later. A review of vacancies in the
Department of Defense the Department (DOD) with the largest share of Federal
workers, shows that 4981 are now open. However, many of these close within week
or so. The number of vacancies in DOD and other Agencies will probably decline
over time, if the sequester continues.
The Agencies with high priority missions will likely continue to hire regardless
of the sequester. Agencies that have continued hiring during past budget crises
are Homeland Security, Justice and Defense. However, every Agency has positions
critical to its mission. If the Agency is to function well, these critical jobs
must be maintained. As a result virtually all Agencies will continue hiring
albeit at reduced levels.
Current Openings at
At this writing Homeland Security has posted 363 vacancies to the current
Federal job list. Some of these positions cover vacancies with multiple openings
at numerous locations. Openings exist at Homeland Security for both professional
and support level positions.
The following jobs are open with Homeland Security at this writing:
Transportation Security Officer GS-1802 $30,894
Contract Specialist GS-1102 $52,146
IT Specialist GS-2210 $82,642
Program Analyst GS-0343 $89,924
Law Enforcement Specialist GS-1801 $82,642
Current Openings at Justice
Justice has posted 88 jobs to the current vacancy list. The positions are
widely dispersed geographically. Some announcements cover multiple openings and
The following positions are open with Justice at this writing:
Accountant GS-0510 $82,642
Administrative Specialist GS-0301 $41,512
Budget Analyst GS-0560 $47,923
Correctional Officer GS-0007 $49,520
Education Specialist GS-1701 $44,403
HR Officer GS-0201 $57,982
Legal Administrative Specialist GS-0901 $47,923
Maintenance Mechanic WG-4749 $35.13/hr
Paralegal Specialist GS-0950 $52,146
Secretary GS-0318 $43,389
Telecommunication Specialist GS-0391 $39,179
Current Openings At Defense
Defense is expected to be the Department most affected by the sequester
simply because it is by far the largest. Over 30% of all Federal employees work
for a Defense Agency. However, as of this writing there are currently over 4,500
job openings at DoD.
Following are just a few positions with Defense open at this writing.
Budget Analyst GS-0560 $82,642
Business Manager GS-0301 $89,924
Computer Assistant GS-0335 $50,778
Custodial Worker WG-3566 $11.37/hr
Electrician WG-2805 $20.64/hr
Engineering Technician GS-0802 $60,877
General Engineer GS-0801 $106,263
Program Analyst GS-0343 $97,333
Social Worker GS-0185 $78,355
How to Apply
Candidates interested in any of the occupations listed above can scan this
website for openings.
Interested applicants may also want to visit the following websites.
Dept of Homeland Security
Dept of Justice
Defense Commissary Agency
Air Force Civilian Service
Army Civilian Service
Dept of Navy
Transportation Security Admin
U.S. Coast Guard