Tag: Spoils System

Executive Order Obliterating Civil Service Protections Gets an ‘F’

October 28, 2020 2:22 PM

The author says there are a number of inherent problems with the recent Executive Order that creates a new class of federal employees.

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Hatch Act Leads to 120-Day Suspension

July 22, 2020 10:45 AM
Hatch Act Leads to 120-Day Suspension

A federal employee has agreed to a 120-day suspension without pay for a Hatch Act violation.

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Politics and the Importance of the Civil Service

March 7, 2019 11:22 AM , Updated March 16, 2019 5:49 PM

The author says that although the civil service system is not perfect, a return to the “spoils system” would be devastating for the federal workforce.

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More Firings May Not Lead To Better Results

February 7, 2018 2:36 PM
More Firings May Not Lead To Better Results

The author says that making it easier to fire federal employees is an emotionally charged issue that is only one aspect of addressing accountability problems.

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Debating the Role of Federal Employees

September 20, 2017 3:05 PM
Debating the Role of Federal Employees

Various groups are seeking loyalty of the federal workforce. Is there an internal “permanent state” in government? A former administration official says it exists, is dangerous and threatens our democracy.

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Some Thoughts For the New President and Congress Regarding Federal Employment

February 8, 2017 3:48 PM
Some Thoughts For the New President and Congress Regarding Federal Employment

The author says that there are better ways to enact changes to the federal civil service laws than vilifying federal employees.

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Federal Employee Accountability: 7 Essential Characteristics of Reform

April 11, 2016 2:18 PM

The author outlines seven basic principles that he says have the potential to design a more accountable civil service that is free from political influence.

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Unions, Official Time and the Politically Neutral Fed Workforce

March 3, 2016 12:33 PM
Unions, Official Time and the Politically Neutral Fed Workforce

A bill to require OPM to provide yearly data to Congress on union activity by federal employees is under consideration in the House.

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