NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — In the age of budget cuts, many know what its like to do more with fewer people.
Due to last year’s budget cuts, that was the case at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who oversees the National Weather Service (NWS).
Friday, NOAA announced the end to a nearly yearlong hiring freeze. All this comes after Congress approved a bill to fund the government in 2014.
With fewer workers, the current staff at NWS offices across the country had to pick up extra shifts. NWS offices are always staffed as they provide critical weather data, watches and warnings. At the NWS office in New Braunfels, they haven’t been able to fill open positions because of the hiring freeze.
The head of NOAA thanked employees for their dedication and vowed support Friday. In a letter, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan said, “we all know that efficient hiring and regular professional development are critically important.”
Many of government agencies had to make cuts after the sequester last March.