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Fenty to order hiring, spending freeze

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will issue a freeze on hiring and promotions in city government Monday and restrict discretionary spending within the agencies, his staff said.

Fenty's efforts come as the administration and D.C. Council prepare to tackle an estimated $175 million budget shortfall in the budget for fiscal 2011, which began Friday.

Last week, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) suggested the hiring and spending freeze as a way of starting expected deliberations over how to close the shortfall. Earlier today, Gray said he and administration officials have been discussing the details of the mayor's order for several days.

"This will be an initial effort to put the brakes on spending," Gray said.

According to administration officials, Fenty's order will probably prevent agencies from spending any money on non-essential items or travel. It could also halt employee pay raises.

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said the sluggish national economy and overspending has led to the latest shortfall.

Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  | October 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty is not hiring anyone anyway. Not as a Lame Duck Mayor. Gray knew he couldn't hire anyone no time no near, nor far future ....even while he was campaining. He knew There were no jobs coming until Obama's economy trickled.

Why does Fenty have to announce a Freeze for Gray's incoming Administration? I'll look out for investigations quietly dropped somewhere.

Posted by: dbrighthaupt | October 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@dbrighthaupt...Unfortunately, this comes too late to prevent former employees of Sinclair Skinner from landing jobs with the DC government. Example: Tim White, an engineer who is now working at the DC Department of Transportation, who came on board after the primary.

Posted by: bill121

Also can we get some info on Gabe Kelin's wifey. Yeah she's over there at DHCD "revamping the HPAP" program. Oh and you know the Fire Truck Man who likes to increase Fee's earned on invalid contracts to Skinner and OMG Karim is the 2nd in charge @ DHCD . His gov't name is David Jannarone.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

why are folks insisting on placing blame and undue expectation on Gray for Fenty's foul ups? Fenty has had budget issues in each year as mayor. Some folks just tend to ignore any realities related to Fenty.

So far Fenty's approach is a freeze spending. that's a lazy management. Get down to the nuts and bolts of the budget and cut/reduce some programs! i'm fine with cutting travel, but travel is not $175 Million. $175 million out of over 5 billion is not that much. dig a little and you can find a lot.

lastly, i bet Rhee and DCPS won't stop hiring and DCPS has been $20 million or more over budget in each of the 3 years as well.

Posted by: simplewords999 | October 4, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Can we get that fire truck back?

Posted by: bs2004 | October 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I heard the same thing about Gabe Klein’s wife; she's at DHCD doing absolutely nothing. Leila Edmonds has done a disservice to agency and DC's affordable housing market. Remember, she fired Grayce Wiggins, the best advocate DHCD had on staff. Folks from every Ward in the city protested Ms. Wiggins’ wrongful termination.

Also, Fenty plans on replacing all government vehicles with Gabe Klein’s Zip Cars. That's right; Gabe Klien is the co-owner of Zip Cars.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Lildiva...ur right so many added since the primary. the list below was updated 8/1/10. once they update, we will have more info and see how many were added.

List of DC employees:

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 4, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you DC Justice

Posted by: drfields | October 4, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Fenty is coming out of the closet?

He did win the GOP nomination, as a write-in and the GOP said they's back him, in the November Election.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | October 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What! No Fenty or Lanier? No press conference? No PR propaganda from the Mayor, spouting “we're tough on crime, and if you do the crime you are going to do the time."

Dagnamit, I forgot, these are Georgetown professionals and their criminal acts are considered indiscretion. Damn those police, they should have known better to interrupt those prominent Georgetownians’ good A$$, homegrown HIGH!

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 4, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Adrian Fenty.

This I guess is the last morally courageous act you can take before leaving office.

As a DC taxpayer, I am very, very sorry that you were voted out of office.

Posted by: millerroberta | October 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys saying DHCD Director Leila Finucane Edmonds is married to DDOT Director Gabe Klein?

Posted by: illegalalien | October 4, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

So, is this punishment for voting the Bum Fenty and Bummer Rhee out?


Posted by: 424me | October 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

So, is this punishment for voting the Bum Fenty and Bummer Rhee out?


Posted by: 424me | October 4, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Adrian Fenty.

This I guess is the last morally courageous act you can take before leaving office.

As a DC taxpayer, I am very, very sorry that you were voted out of office.

Posted by: millerroberta

If you think this was a wise move, then you have Chairman Vince Gray to thank. If you READ any story on this decision, you will find that it was he that immediately requested the mayor enact this hiring and spending freeze.

If you like this, you just wait.

Unless, of course, Fenty is your Jesus. Then, you are just short.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 5, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

@thelildiva4u: I understand that the city administrator Neil Albert has been planting Fenty appointees all over the District. The intent is to hire them as mayoral appointees post-primary(excepted service) to shield them from having to compete for jobs like the general public, then place them in various agencies forcing the agency to "find" something for them to do. Then, when a normally competitive position (career service) is identified, transferring those appointees into those positions.

Unfortunately for those appointees, where this practice has been utilized, those people who are in competitive positions who were hired through excepted service appointments will be without a job come January. HR rules are very clear where it comes to career service positions. They MUST be made available to the general public, they MUST be competitive where 2 or more are competing for the position. If the appointees qualify for the jobs they sit in, then they will be terminated but allowed to compete for them, but, considering we now have a hiring freeze, they will just be without a job until that freeze is lifted.

Maneuvering around the law has been the modus operandi of this administration. Fortunately, Gray is the council chair and privy to all government info.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 5, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse I'm saying Gabe's wife, who is not Leila Finucane Edmonds, works at DHCD. She wasn't doing much at first but has been tasked to "revamp" Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).

@concernaboutdc...I hear you, but I've seen these Jokers work around the system.

For instance they will advertise a job for maybe a week. The job description is written in a manner where only the current employee or potential employee posses the knowledge, skills and abilities.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 5, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

@thelildiva4u-You seem to have a lot of knowledge about DC Govt. You must work there.

You always seem to pop up on every blog I come across as well. Stop attacking people that have different views than you while you hide behind a blog alias. Sounds to me like you need to be putting my tax paying money to better work or spend more time on Careerbuilder.

Concerned Taxpayer

P.S.-If you are hunting for a job, take the email address thelildiva4u@... off your resume. Its probably not helping your hunt.

Posted by: zsg2010 | October 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Zsg2010...Gabe is that you! Nope sweet heart I don't work for DC Gov, but have an inside line to info that I believe taxpaying citizens should know about. Go kick rocks.

Zsg2010, which is an alias right? Please stop trying to undervalue, underestimate, and marginalize me by lacing your comments with stereotypical inferences with pure bull. I guess you where going for the bogyman affect to scare folks that somehow I wasting tax payer dollars on DC dime.

Nope, the reality is that the real bogyman is still in charge, still giving unqualified folks jobs, and still wasting tax payer dollars.

BTW…I’m happy to see that I bothered you sooo much that you took time out of your day to write a post just for me.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@thelildiva4u-You missed the point. You are calling out an individual by name that probably has nothing to do with any of your obvious resentment for Fenty. You are slandering someone with 2nd hand information. Thanks for the credibility check.

Posted by: zsg2010 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Gabe or Gabe's wife I never used her name. So get your facts right.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 5, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

zsg2010...nobody has every said my information of incorrect. Sounds like you worried about being exposed.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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