U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says more than 90 civilian jobs at Crane Army Ammunition Activity will be exempt from the federal hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump. The senator’s office says the announcement is just the first round of exemptions and more could be on the way.
Last week, Donnelly met with Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer about the exemptions at CAAA, which is a tenant at Naval Support Activity Crane. He says, without the exemptions, about 130 civilian employees would be affected by the 90-day hiring freeze.
"The Army’s order to exempt Crane Army personnel from the hiring freeze confirms what we have always known – the men and women of Crane Army Ammunition Activity do vital work every day to support our troops and protect American security," said Donnelly. "After pushing for these exemptions, I am pleased that the Army has acted. I will continue fighting for Crane’s Army and Navy workforce in the Senate."
In a letter sent last month to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Donnelly said many civilian workers at CAAA are term employees. Some of the employees’ terms are expiring during the hiring freeze which means their terms cannot be renewed. Donnelly says he will continue to make sure more personnel whose terms are set to expire in March and April will also be exempt.