Portland, Ore. — Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a statement Thursday that she has signed an Executive Order implementing a statewide hiring freeze.
Governor Brown saying this is a first in a series of executive actions she is taking over the next several weeks in response to the current fiscal shortfall and to improve overall government efficiency and operations.
On top of the hiring freeze, the executive order also reduces state travel expenses and optimizes the use of state office space.
“In the coming days I will be making additional announcements on a series of actions to improve overall government finances and operations, including: improvements to collection of debts owed to the state; renegotiation of state vendor price agreements; providing clarity on executive branch policies regarding bargaining with state employee unions; and addressing the unfunded actuarial liability of the Public Employees Retirement System.”
Governor Brown is also encouraging several other state offices including the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, the Attorney General, and the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, as well as the Legislative Assembly and the Judicial Department, to adopt policies that freeze hiring, reduce travel expenditures, and optimize facility usage.