Bureau of Prisons Begins Hiring Freeze; Layoffs Next?

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The federal Bureau of Prisons began a 30-day hiring freeze last week and will have to lay off some of its 35,000 employees next year unless the agency finds other ways to avert a budget crunch, according to Director Harley G. Lappin. The Washington Post said Lappin announced the freeze Friday in a memo to employees and disclosed the prospective layoffs last month in a letter to a federal employee leader. The agency has a $4.4 billion budget and operates 104 federal prisons. Layoffs could begin as soon as March and "could affect every employee and . . .

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