Some Robins jobs exempted in hiring freeze

wcrenshaw@macon.comJanuary 25, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Some jobs at Robins Air Force Base would be exempt from the Air Force’s hiring freeze, but it’s uncertain how many.

The Air Force allowed an exception for “mission critical” jobs from the otherwise broad hiring freeze for full- and part-time civilian positions.

Tech Sgt. Robert Lipham, the base spokesman, said when the hiring freeze was announced last week the base had more than 200 jobs posted. Some of the those jobs would be considered mission critical, but he declined to say which ones fall under that category or how many.

“Mission critical positions are generally positions that, if left vacant, cause mission failure or degradation to the point that certain critical requirements cannot be met,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Robins employs about 15,000 civilians.

Additionally, the hiring freeze isn’t the only area where the Air Force has directed all bases to cut back. Lipham said the base is evaluating supply needs and limiting purchases to only items considered “absolutely necessary to effectively execute the mission.”

Minor purchases, such as furniture, are not being made, and computer upgrades are also on hold.

The cutbacks were ordered as massive automatic cuts are set to take place March 1 unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach an alternative spending agreement.

Air Force officials said the hiring freeze and spending cuts were put in place to “pursue reversible and recoverable steps” in the event significant cuts are implemented.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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