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