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ROUTING AND RECORD SHEET B S U JECT: (Optional) Hiring Freeze DD/A Registry FROA!arry E. Fitzwater EXTENSION NO. Director of Personnel Policy, Planning, and Management ATE 5 February 1981 TO: (Officer designation, room number, and DATE building) OFFICER'S COMMENTS (Number each comment to show from whom RECEIVED FORWARDED INITIALS to whom. Draw a line across column after. each comment.) 1? Acting Deputy Director for Administration The attached draft memo i d f i b i 2 or your rev s su m tte ew ASAP. The memo was hurriedly written and is Lengthy, but d ff 3 icult as you realize it is i to be specific w-it.hout being wordy. As you iii 11 note, I . elected to leave in the 530 a in-process and atte net's. These can be discussed at our next 5. meeting. After you have had a chance 6. to review the p:: )er, I will call another meeting to discuss and fir..a.1:1 ze the memo. 7. s. ? ar 1. 'l "-i 1. 'wa ,er it. 9. Att 10. 11. " 12. / 744-0- 13. 14. 15. FORM 610 USE PREVI prove I-79 EDITIONS For Release STAT STAT Approved ForIease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089QB000500110004-9 1) h I'zi~ra~ry .10.l. The Honorable David Alai Stockman Director Office of Management and Budget. Wash:incton, D. C. 20503 I have received from my sonior SL fl their assessment of the _impact of the Presidents hiring freeze on their programs. While there are many serious problems throughout the Agency, I have pared the list of reported critical requirements to only those categories discussed below: a. Appliicants C_urxer_t;ly ;n Process -- As of 1 February we had 530 applicants in process who were given commitment letters subsequent to 5 November 1.980. Of these, under ideal conditions, only 265 would survive the clearance process. -- Our hiring situation is made even more acute because of the classified nature of our worlk. As a prerequisite to employment, applicants must undergo an extensive, time-consuming, and expensive security investigation. The process takes months. We regularly lose many applicants because of this length}' processing and the fact that we are recruiting individuals for whom there are many competing employment opportunities. To delay the hiring of fully cleared applicants merely increases their loss. Because of our unique hiring problems, a considerable investment of time and money has been spent in the recruitment, advertising, selection and investigative screening of those applicants currently in process. Those 530 have been selected from among approximately 15,000 applicants. It would be an indefensible Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 Approved Foilease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089W000500110004-9 waste not to continue the processing of these appl:i.cai is and not to allow those that pass the process to report for duty. We will lose most of these applicants unless we can assure their that they will be hired if cleared. -- It is important and in Our best interest to treat this entire group as exempted from the freeze in order to realize a return on the invest. ent already mode in them. b. Communications Foreign: The Agency's Office of Comm riications provides a world- tions. At this time the OF-[ice of Corr:; ications is understaffed by 100 personnel. Unless it can fill its current staffing requirements, 0 new facilities at sensitive overseas areas cannot be manned-- a serious loss to our operations Directorate's clandestine activity. Plans to expand six important posts will have to be cancelled. Moreover, reductions will have to be imposed at other posts, e.g., seven four- man stations to three -man;L__Jiree--magi to two-man; and two-man stations to one-man. These cuts would reduce operations by ^ percent and traffic handling by Flpercent . If the current shortages of personnel in this Office continue :i.t will be necessary to eliminate an African base station with the result that 40 percent of the traffic now transmitted electrically would have to be sent by dispatch and pouch, with the obvious crippling delay involved. Domestic: The Office of Communications is also responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Headquarters telephone service and It is now projecting an increase in overtime of 66 percent in 1981, but if the freeze continues an Approved For Release 2003/08/132: CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 Approved Foi'"lease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B008"000500110004-9 additional 10 percent will be necessary. Despite this overtime, a si.gnifi- cant delay will occur in. response time to maintenance and repair of the Headquarters area. telephone service -- The Office's Engineering Division is responsible for the design, modification and modernization of systems and equipment such as M RCURY, SKYLIN'K, and secure voice. Current manpower shortages will force a curtailment of all these activities. 'Die impact of measures taken to alleviate the un.derstaffing problem and maintain worldwide coir.7nunications are already evident in stress-related illnesses, increased attrition. because of employee dissatisfaction and a steady increase in requests for transfers out of the Office. Given the current critical shortages which exist. in this Office so vital to the Nation's secure Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B00890R000500110004-9 Approved Fom&elease 2003/08/13: CIA-RDP84BO08MR000500110004-9 co.1mlunications network and our intelligence effort, the Office of Cornrunications must be allowed to fill all of its current vacancies and. future vacancies within their authorized ceiling. c. Hard-to-Get Critical Skills -- The following occupational groupings are fulfillment of our mission: 1Ctt it ion rough Occupational Category End/of FY- 81 In Prc{cess Communications Specialists r /49. Operations Officers 1 200 Engineers and Physical Scientists Computer Specialists Ckuza--~, Security Officers and Couriers Linguists Clericals a+~ nee Totalsl j.}x existing vacancies -- The impact of a hiring freeze on the above critical categories Operations Officers - The 1978-79 Operations Directorate's personnel reductions, combined with a very high retirement attrition resulted in the loss of thousands of man-years of experience, the present shortage of 100 officers, and a projected shortage of 200 by the end of Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 Approved Fon.Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84BO08MR000500110004-9 FY-1981. This understrength coincides with dramatic increases in demands for clandestine human intelligence collection against economic, monetary, nuclear, science and. technology and political targets; the "rebirth" of covert action geieratcd by events in the Near East, Latin America and Africa; the influx of and the necessity to open new stations overseas. In spite of a hostile overseas environment,i.etking overseas assignment less than attractive, a major recruiting effort was beginning to make up the deficit in these officers. Under ideal conditions these officers are hard to recruit; they are usually enployed, and often at salaries higher than we can affort to pay, and because of their qualifications they are in great demand in both the public and private sectors. It is necessary that an input of 160 Career Trainees and 40 non-official cover officers be recruited annually in order to reach and maintain ceiling. The interrelationship of hiring and training these officers is inextricable; it is one process and when one part of the chain is broken the entire process is thrown awry. Because of length of processing and availability of training resources, new applicants are not available for operations production for at least 20 months after being placed in process. Even if the freeze were lifted now it is doubtful that there would be an output class from these recruits until spring 1983. In summary, the full hiring freeze will cause major problems for the Operations Directorate. over both the short- and long-term. Engineers/Physical Scientists - It has been impossible to fill the requirements for these occupational skills since they are in critically short supply nationally and are in great demand in the private sector. With the limitation in salaries CIA ha cT cat Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84Sb0890lk0005001 s10Oo4-9 Approved Fo elease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089QR000500110004-9 difficulty competing with industry for the quality of officers needed for our scientific work. Eight months ago we mounted a major recruitment drive for engineers that was beginning to pay dividends as is evident by 86 in process for 112 current and projected attrition requirements--although we would be fortunate to bring on-duty half of those in process. The freeze will primarily impact on the Science and Technology Directorate in the Offices of Development and Engineering, National Photographic Interpretation Center; SIGINT Operations and the Office of Logistics. Newly funded and sensitive programs cannot help but suffer. The Office of Scientific and Weapons Research will be hampered in making timely analysis of space weapons systems, nuclear warheads and computer technology. Computer` Scientists - The Agency is heavily dependent on computers to carry out its essential intelligence collection, analysis, production and administrative functions. Failure to keep most of the computer positions filled will meaar a total disruption in the computer work of the Agency. In addition, the starting date of the interactive computer Project SAFE (Support for Analysts File Environment) will be delayed, as will large numbers of applications programs. Vast amounts of overtime will be required just to keep the present highly sophisticated computer system in operation should there be no relief from the freeze. Like engineers, this occupational group is highly competitive in the labor market and difficult to recruit. Guards, Security Officers and Couriers - This occupational. category is vital to the protection of highly sensitive classified information, and installations, both in the Headquarters area aAPff9c_+I? aqr Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B00890R000500110004-9 Approved FoIease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089GR000500110004-9 -- The security officers are in demand for investigation and clearance of Agency applicants and individuals involved in classified industrial projects. These officers are involved also in counterintelligence and anti-terrorism activities overseas. -- The courier group services over =delivery/pick-up STAT points around the world and around the clock. We are currently under strength by one-third of our authorized ceiling; in this category, requiring that these employees work large amounts of overtime and seven days a week. To live with the situation we have cut courier runs to a minimum in the face of increasing demands. Since these individuals are low graded, it is difficult to recruit suitable candidates that can be cleared. for this highly sensitive and important job. We are always short of this occupational group and unless an exception to the freeze is granted, professionals will he serving as couriers and guards. Linguists - Skilled linguists are a vanishing breed in America. This comes at a time of increased demand for linguists by both the government and multinational corporations. . For example, increased requirements to translate documents from the Muslim world have been levied on officers for very esoteric languages overseas. At this time this Directorate is 50 percent below its language capability need. In many cases, there are only a few people in the United States who speak and read the more difficult languages. Once an applicant with a language capability is found, we consider it absolutely necessary STAT STAT to hireApproecfF?or F ee~j4U~0~3 p~rR$40$T96(~~d69d~9 Approved Fo Felease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84BO08MR000500110004-9 Clericals - Here we are concerned not only with typists and stenographers to produce our large numbers of intelligence reports, but also the file clerks who gather data and the payroll clerks to ensure that employees are paid. -- Based on earlier moratoriums on hiring, the Operations Directorate already has 75 clerical vacancies in Headquarters and 30 in the field. Under normal conditions, we employ wives as clerical workers under part-time contracts in the field, thus saving millions of dollars a year in moving full-time career secretaries from Headquarters. The present freeze prohibits us from taking advantage of these savings. As another example of the impact of the freeze on hiring clericals, the Office of Central Reference will he two months behind in providing documents needed by the analysts to write intelligence reports. In short, all the work of the Agency will take longer to produce as clerical vacancies increase because of the freeze. Because of the demands for these people in all sectors of the economy they are always in short supply. A total hiring freeze of clericals for a lengthy period would result in a significant stopping of the work of the Agency. Attorneys - Starting with a small number of positions, our General Counsel's Office expects to be at only half strength if the freeze should continue the rest of this fiscal year. The work of the Office of General. Counsel (0GC) is being driven by almost 200 cases in active litigation. The Director's statutory authority and sensitive sources and methods will be seriously compromised unless 0GC is adequately staffed. In addition, high priority must be given to operational opportunities within extremely short deadlines. Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 Approved FoNR (ease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089e 000500110004-9 d. Critical Skills (Not hard-to-get) Attrition Through Occupational Occupational Category End of FY-1981 In Process Production Analysts 145 20 The impact of a continuing hiring freeze follows: Production Anal sts - In the Congressional approved budget for FY-1981 the National Foreign Assessment Center (NFAC) was authorized an additional 64 positions and projects losses of an additional 145 people through the end of FY--1981. -- NFAC's research on geographic, economic and political issues will be most affected by the freeze. NFAC does not have enough people working on required aspects of the Third World. Critical subjects that cannot be addressed because of the lack of analysts with the necessary backgrounds, and because the people presently employed on Third World subjects are heavily engaged in current intelligence on crises rather than in research. The areas where we are unable to meet our research objectives include: Central America and the Caribbean; Egypt and Saudi Arabia; Eastern Europe; energy shortages South Africa; and factors supporting Third World political instability. -- Fifty to sixty analysts with the following skills are needed: 15 economists with various area specialities and/or background in energy topics; 20 people from among the disciplines of anthropology, political/cultural geography, demography, critical non-fuel resources; and 20 people with area expertise in Latin America (particularly Central America, Brazil), Africa, and the Middle East (especially Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the lesser Gulf States). Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 25X1 25X1 -Approved For`Kelease 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B00890R000500110004-9 -- In the absence to hire at least 145 of the above category, I expect degradation to CIA's intelligence production. In summary, the minimwn relief I have discussed above will allow me to fulfill my statutory responsibilities as Director at an acceptable level while at the same time will demonstrate my support of the President's effort to curb federal employment. I am, of course, prepared to meet with you personally to discuss this request in greater detail. Yours, William J. Casey Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9 Approved Fo&Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B00894R000500110004-9 -- In the absence to hire at least 145 of the above category, I expect degradation to CIA's intelligence production. I recognize the importance that the President attaches to curbing Federal employm cnt and I fully support him. At the same time I believe it equally important to be provided with the critial skills necessary to maintain national security. I am, of course, prepared to meet tivith you personally to discuss this request in greater detail.. Yours, William J. Casey Approved For Release 2003/08/13 : CIA-RDP84B0089OR000500110004-9