The Trump administration is pushing executive orders that would make firing an employee from a federal agency easier than it’s ever been before. According to some reports, officials insist that this move is meant to save taxpayer dollars and use the money more efficiently, and not the obvious appearance of putting a system in place to get rid of officials that go against Donald Trump’s agenda.
On Friday, during a conference call with reporters, White House director of the domestic policy, Andrew Bremberg, insisted the executive orders pertain to efficient use of government resources.
Bremberg told reporters:
‘The president is fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our civil service rules. These executive orders make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.’
Administration officials haven’t confirmed or denied any belief in the “deep state” but President Donald Trump seems to be convinced, taking to Twitter earlier this week, to say:
Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
The proposed changes could save upwards of $100 million per year, according to White House officials.
J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees — the largest employee union in the country, condemned the executive orders, saying:
‘This is more than union busting — this is democracy busting. This administration seems hellbent on replacing a civil service that works for all taxpayers with political service that serves at its whim.’
On top of hindering power among unions many are concerned that the Trump administration will purposely abuse the orders by using it them to punish whistleblowers and reduce accountability.
Nick Schwellenbach, director of investigations at Project on Government Oversight, said:
‘Weakening vicil service protection laws would make the government less effective and put us all at risk. It would impede Congress’s ability to conduct oversight of the executive branch: Congress’s best sources of information are the employees inside agencies, and without robust protections and due process, more sources will remain silent.’
These executive orders are a part of the Trump administration’s supposed “drain the swamp” agenda and attempt to keep one of the many promises Trump made while still on the campaign trail to reform the federal government.
Among other things the orders would direct agencies to charge rent to employees that use federal work space for union activity and would no longer cover travel expenses for non-agency business. All preference given to senior, long-time employees will be terminated. When a civil servant isn’t meeting performance goals they will be given 30 days to show improvement.
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