Tag: Spoils System

Politics and the Importance of the Civil Service

By on March 7, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Politics and the Importance of the Civil Service

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

By on February 7, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
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

By on September 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
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

By on February 8, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
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

By on April 11, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Accountability: 7 Essential Characteristics of Reform

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

By on March 3, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
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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