In an effort to preserve dwindling revenue, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered a statewide hiring freeze across government agencies beginning on December 14 last year, according to the Associated Press. However, the governor allowed an "exception committee" that would allow hiring for emergency positions in fields like health and safety. In the weeks since Oregon's hiring freeze officially began, this special committee has already approved a number of agency requests.
According to The Oregonian, the state government has received approximately 1,200 pleas to fill agency positions. Of that number, the exception committed has granted hiring permission for 1,031 of those requests.
So far, the Transportation Department will be permitted to hire additional snow plow drivers to help relieve overworked and exhausted employees. The Department of Forestry will be adding 430 seasonal firefighters to combat potential blazes later in the year. The Associated Press also reports that the Department of Fish and Wildlife was granted permission to hire a new technician. A large portion of these hiring allowances will be funded with federal money.
However, the hiring freeze hasn't allowed every request to slip past unnoticed. Approximately 200 have been denied so far, including two pushes from the Energy Department to hire a new executive to head its Energy Policy Division.