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Only "mission critical" job vacancies at DEP can be filled, deputy secretary says in memo amid layoffs

A Florida Department of Environmental Protection deputy secretary last month told managers they may only to fill "mission critical" job vacancies and that a cost-benefit analysis must be performed before filling them. 

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which released the department memo on Tuesday, said in a news release that working at DEP has become the "absolute pits" after layoffs last month and other such "callous" managerial tactics. A department spokesman said the PEER news release contained inaccurate allegations.

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