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Directive to freeze hiring, personal services contracts and equipment purchases

In response to the state economy and financial outlook, effective May 18, 2020, Governor Inslee has directed state agencies under his authority to implement a freeze on:

  • hiring employees for positions not related to public safety or other non-discretionary activities
  • signing new or amended personal services contracts
  • making nonessential equipment purchases

Directive of the Governor 20-05 - Freezing Hiring, Personal Services Contracts, and Equipment Purchases [.pdf] (5/13/2020)

We have provided instructions below to guide agency implementation of the directive.

Hiring freeze

Personal service contracts and equipment purchases freeze

Operating budget savings

Agencies are also directed to identify operating budget savings options from their fiscal year 2021 appropriations. See the memo for instructions and detailed agency targets:

Last updated
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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