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US Homeland Security Freezes Hiring in 2 Key Units

The U.S. government’s Homeland Security Department, which is charged with protecting the nation from a terror attack, has imposed a hiring freeze amid budget concerns and halted nonessential spending at two of its key units, officials said on Friday. The move to temporarily halt hiring affects two of the department’s bureaus — Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some lawmakers warned that if the hiring freeze were extended it could have a negative impact on national security. Homeland Security Department spokesman Dennis Murphy said the decision was taken this week as a precautionary measure while the department conducted its mid-year budget review. He said the department, which merged all or parts of 22 different agencies when it was created last year, has been working to integrate the budgets and budgetary systems of its various parts. Full Story

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