The Agencies with high priority missions will likely continue to hire regardless of the budget situation. Agencies that have continued hiring during past budget crises are Homeland Security, Justice and Defense. However, every Agency has positions critical to its mission. If the Agency is to function well, these critical jobs must be maintained. As a result virtually all Agencies will continue hiring to fill mission critical positions. ‘Mission critical’ can include positions at all levels, professional, support, blue collar.
Therefore, despite the Sequester and cuts, there are agencies that are exempt from the cuts. Mentioning that many agencies were set to receive a 5% increase in funding for this year, the effects of the sequester are debatable in terms of hiring. While others are discouraged from hiring, the best opportunity to apply with a smaller applicant pool is now.