Trump Eliminates Job Protections For Federal Employees Involved In Policy Making

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The order could affect tens of thousands of federal employees, at a minimum.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that allows more leeway in the hiring and firing of federal employees that he or agency appointees deem disloyal.

  • According to CNN, the order creates a new classification of employees, “Schedule F”, serving in "confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions" that generally see no change from one presidential administration to another.
  • The order also would strip long-held civil service protections from affected employees, which initial estimates indicate could be at minimum tens of thousands of federal workers.
  • The White House says the move will make it easier to remove “poor performers.”
  • “Federal scientists, attorneys, regulators, public health experts and many others in senior roles would lose rights to due process and in some cases, union representation, at agencies across the government," Stars and Stripes reported.
  • CNN wrote that "The directive also changes hiring for the roles from ‘competitive service,’ which is majority of the civil service positions, to ‘excepted service.’”
  • And Stars and Stripes noted that “While it does not define which occupations will be swept into the new job classification, the order gives broad roles, including those that develop or advocate policy, negotiate with employee unions, write regulations and do legal work.”
  • Trump has long vilified some career officials as part of the “deep state” seeking to undermine his presidency.
  • Richard Loeb, senior policy counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal employees, called Trump’s move “a declaration of war on the civil service.
  • Loeb said the order “could be used to put a whole bunch of Trump loyalists in place” and make it difficult for Joe Biden’s team, if he wins the election, to remove them.

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