Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Biden cements civil service protections from Trump firing spree (Kevin Bogardus, E&E News/Politico)

TRUMP rejected civil service reforms protecting employees from retaliation.  President Biden has rejected TRUMP's Executive Order and has now adopted new final rules.  From E&E News/Politico:

Biden cements civil service protections from Trump firing spree

By Kevin Bogardus | 04/04/2024 05:00 AM EDT 

The safeguard comes as worries grow over a revival of the prior administration’s push to ease firing of federal employees.

President Joe Biden has bolstered defenses for the federal workforce to ward off mass firing by a potential second Trump administration.

The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday its rule to strengthen civil service protections. The long-anticipated safeguard aims to prevent former President Donald Trump creating a new category of career employees that would be much easier to fire.

“This final rule honors our 2.2 million career civil servants, helping ensure that people are hired and fired based on merit and that they can carry out their duties based on their expertise and not political loyalty,” OPM Director Kiran Ahuja said in a statement.

In his last months in the White House, Trump signed an executive order to establish Schedule F, a new class of federal employees involved in policymaking, which stripped them of their civil service rights. Few agencies complied with the order, however, and Biden revoked it soon after coming into office.

Still, allies of the Biden administration have grown worried about Schedule F being revived as the 2024 campaign heats up with the former president running again for the White House. Trump has vowed, if returned to office, to rework agencies and reduce staff in his push to take apart the deep state.

OPM’s rule “clarifies and reinforces” civil service protections and merit system principles that ended the patronage system for the federal workforce.

Federal worker unions and public interest groups urged the administration to craft the civil service rule, arguing it was warranted to guard against career staff being replaced by unqualified political aides if Trump is elected again.

Former Trump officials have criticized the rule, saying it will make it more difficult to fire underperforming or misbehaving government employees. A future administration could also overturn the measure with its own rulemaking process.



Mike said...

A lot of the stupid people within these agencies are conservative. That's what people don't understand. It's not "the left" but those on the right that make these agencies dysfunctional. At the end of the day though, many are polluted with wrong views and this makes the government function improperly or brings bad results. This doesn't just apply to the federal government but every level of government. There is also the mistaken belief that giving opportunity and preference to the rich brings everyone else prosperity. That's simply not the case because the rich simply use money to acquire more of everyone else's money. In the long run, this results in inegalitarian society, the destruction of families, and something that resembles Ancient Rome where you have the majority of the population in squalor while the few live the good life. We could be half way there!

Mr. Jackson said...

Trump is a fascist and stupid conservatives don't realize it. It's THEIR asses on the line since that's what fascists do! They upend every polical order and put clowns and puppets in charge to weaken government so they can swoop in and "save the day." It's a vicious cycle and the diversion is Trump claiming that it is conservatives who are under attack. He says, "They're coming for you." No, Trump is coming for them. He will use them all like ass paper until there isn't one of them left.