According to the Austin American-Statesman today, Governor Greg Abbott ordered a freeze on state hiring until the end of August, 2017. Under the terms of the freeze, no agency should post a new position or fill a vacated one, and savings should not be used for other purposes.
What does this mean to you if you’re a prospective applicant (physician, PA, acupuncturist or surgical assistant)?
That things will be slowing down at TMB because they have several vacancies in the Licensing Department. And things will only get slower once the onslaught of physician in training applicants hits the Licensing Department (usually begins in March to April and lasts through mid-July) and all of the other applicants who complete training programs in June begin to file their applications for full licensure. Yikes!
So get your application filed as soon as you can and work to complete the documentation requirements as quickly as you can.