Washington, D.C. — The Department of Labor is looking to increase its workforce by 30,000 in 2017, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico.
The memo also outlines plans to hire more employees and expand its human resources department.
The department oversees federal programs like the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as grants for farmers and others.
The Department is currently in the midst of an annual hiring freeze that will end on March 31.
Trump signed an executive order last week that directs the agency to “hire at least 30, 000 people” in 2017 and 2018.
The order has yet to be fully implemented.
In an interview with Politico, the department’s deputy assistant secretary for human resources, Elizabeth Ransom, said the budget request would include a plan to hire 20,000 employees by 2021.
“The goal is to keep the hiring in check as we continue to look to keep our workforce in check, and to do that, we’re looking to hire people at an even faster pace than we were last year,” Ransom said.
The hiring freeze will likely cost the department as much as $600 million in the coming year, according the memo.
Ransom declined to specify how many of the 20,0000 positions would be created by 2021, but said the hiring freeze would result in an increase in federal workers.
More than half of the federal workforce, or 1.2 million federal workers, are employed by states and local governments, according data compiled by the Government Accountability Office.
As of December 31, the Labor Department had about 1.4 million employees.
Federal agencies also receive a lot of federal money to help them grow.
The government’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides about $11 billion a year to about 2.7 million recipients.
About 3.2 percent of that total is funded through payroll taxes, according a Congressional Budget Office report.
The Supplemental Security Unemployment Insurance program is set to get $3.2 billion in federal funding in 2021, up from $1.9 billion in 2020.
The unemployment benefits program is also slated to get an additional $1 billion over the next three years.