A Really Bad Idea

In their Pledge to America, House Republicans promised to place a "federal hiring freeze on nonsecurity employees," whom they define as workers "outside of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs." What they did not pledge was an explanation of what that meant, the repercussions it might have for ordinary families, or how much money it would save.

Lacking such information, I decided to do a little research.

This article was originally published in Government Executive.