Obama to slow down hiring at USAID, State in 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officiates the swearing-in of foreign service officers on April 30, 2010, at the State Department in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama's fiscal 2012 budget proposal includes USD479.6 million to support new hires at the department and U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: U.S. State Department

The White House is planning to slow down hiring of new staff at the U.S. Agency for International Development and Department of State in 2012, a move that could set back the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce its reliance on external contractors.

As part of his 2012 budget proposal, released Feb. 14, President Barack Obama is requesting Congress to appropriate USD47 billion for U.S. state and foreign operations. This includes USD59 million to hire and pay the salaries of 184 new positions at the State Department and approximately USD420.6 million to support 165 new hires at USAID.

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