The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)... the parent agency of the National Weather Service... has implemented a hiring freeze effective immediately.
This is bad... because as we enter the severe weather and tornado season... the government sequester has forced the hand of NOAA management and possibly jeopardized the American public's safety... and stifled scientific capacity.
Beyond public safety... we have clear evidence that weather is important to our economy.
The freeze... put into effect by acting administrator Kathryn Sullivan... applies to civilian appointments... except those already advertised.
NOAA says it has implemented a hiring freeze in order to give management the tools to effectively manage resources... protect employees and ensure the continued meeting of vital public missions.
The freeze comes a couple weeks after a grievance filed against the National Weather Service by its labor union... the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO)... for failure to fill 21 lead forecaster positions.
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