Poll: Majority of Americans Think It’s Too Difficult to Fire Poor Performing Federal Employees

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A new survey conducted by Rasmussen found that a majority of Americans believe it is currently too difficult to get rid of poorly performing government employees.

58% of those surveyed said that it is currently too hard, 9% believe it’s too easy, and 21% think it’s about right.

Executive Orders

The survey was conducted in regards to three new Executive Orders that were issued by President Trump, one of which will make it easier to take disciplinary and adverse actions against federal employees. The other two addressed federal employee unions. See Restricting Federal Unions and Firing Poor Performers and Controlling Federal Unions’ Use of Official Time

The new Executive Orders have proven controversial within the federal community since they were announced, with perhaps the most notable response being the lawsuit filed by AFGE against the Trump administration shortly after the EOs were issued.

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