Unions are ticked over this
President Trump has just issued a series of executive orders that potentially gut federal employee unions’ ability to negotiate with agency leaders and represent workers, as well as reducing the time it takes for an agency to fire people for poor performance or misconduct. I view this as a very good thing. For far too long, government employees have felt safe from repercussions for not working or for misbehaving. This puts an end to that. It looks like President Trump has had it with slackers in the federal government and he’s fixing that. Shape up or ship out.
Trump is billing this as the first step toward broad civil service reform. Three executive orders were issued that are aimed at making it easier to fire poor performers and it orders harsher treatment of union representatives. This step is long overdue and it will go a long way to eradicating corruption in the government ranks. It also sets the powerful unions back on their heels. They will no longer operate like the mafia within our government.
“Today, the President is fulfilling his promise to promote a more efficient government by reforming civil service rules,” said Andrew Bremberg, director of the President’s Domestic Policy Council. “Every year, the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that less than one-third of federal employees believe poor performers are adequately addressed by their agency. These executive orders make it easier to remove poor performing employees, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.”
The first thing on the agenda is reducing the time it takes to fire poor performers and employees suspected of misconduct by standardizing the length of Performance Improvement Plans to 30 days across the federal government. Right now it varies agency to agency and takes somewhere between 60 and 120 days usually.
“A GAO report shows that it takes six months to a year to remove someone from government, and can often take another nine months on appeal,” an official said. “[This] also encourages agencies to fire someone for misconduct when they’ve been engaged in behavior that warrants it, instead of just suspending them.” Talk about cleaning house. The official said the administration would also make performance a more important factor than seniority when agencies undertake layoffs.