Agencies bouncing back from sequestration cuts and years of hiring freezes are hiring more than 72,000 federal employees in 2015, according to figures from the Office of Management and Budget. In many cases agencies will return to 2013 levels.
The Defense Department fell from 738,000 civilian employees in 2013 to 724,000 in 2014. In 2015 the agency is hiring about 20,600 employees. The Defense Department will be using those new hires to bolster its cyber, acquisition and shipyard workforces, according to spokesman Nate Christensen.
“There are a number of areas in which the department continues to increase our civilian workforce capabilities and is hiring personnel,” Christensen said. Other areas of hiring include its sexual assault prevention, transition assistant, suicide prevention and disability evaluation workforces.
The non-postal federal workforce will grow from about 2.03 million federal employees to more than 2.1 million in fiscal 2015, as agencies look to fill gaps in their workforces and recover from previous losses.
Other agencies are hiring more people because of specific investments in programs or services, such as the Veterans Administration. The VA is hiring more than 19,000 doctors, nurses and other personnel to bolster services in the wake of reform legislation passed last year.
Other agencies seeing large increases in hiring include:
- The Agriculture Department will add 5,000 employees in fiscal 2015.
- The Justice Department is adding about 5,000 jobs in fiscal 2015 in the FBI and Bureau of Prisons.
- The Health and Human Services Department will add 3,000 employees in fiscal 2015.
- The Department of Homeland Security plans to add about 3,800 jobs in fiscal 2015.
Agencies that would still shed jobs include the Treasury Department, which will lose 1,300 jobs driven primarily by losses at the IRS. Its workforce will drop from 99,200 employees to 97,900 in fiscal 2015.