In the face of budgetary uncertainty, South Dakota's second largest employer has issued a civilian hiring freeze.
The force wide hiring freeze was officially announced on Friday. According to an Air Force Press release, temporary workers will be released immediately and term civilians workers will not be renewed for further service.
Air force officials say the measure is a reversible and recoverable step to avoid impacts to core readiness.
The temporary freeze would affect white collar and blue collar workers on the base, but some may be exempt.
"There are some, it depends if they're in the health and safety arena, that could be excepted from being released. And then from a permanent appointment perspective, the air force does not want to add to the total force," said Darren Newland, Civilian Personnel Officer.
Leaders say the freeze may be lifted, if the federal budget is resolved in march.
There are roughly 777 civilian workers paid with federal funds on the Ellsworth payroll, totaling more than $40 million dollars a year.