Lawmakers, American Bar Assoc. want to block executive order

A Virginia lawmaker is seeking to block the president’s recent executive order that removes all administrative law judges from the competitive examination and selection process, FCW reports.

The July 10 executive order stems from a Supreme Court case that determined that, in some cases, the use of ALJs in the competitive service violated the appointments clause of the Constitution, but the president's EO applies to all ALJs across federal government, meaning that agency leaders can directly appoint the ALJ of their choosing, according to the report, which notes that ALJs decide cases involving Social Security benefits claims, Medicare claims and more.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is offering an amendment to an appropriations bill that will prohibit the use of Office of Personnel Management funds to implement the order, and the American Bar Association and several other lawmakers are supporting Scott’s efforts, according to article.

Reader comments

Sun, Jul 29, 2018

agency picking? Potential for fraud. just hire more qualified people regardless of race religion background or marital status, etc. Make sure they are workers!

Tue, Jul 17, 2018 Ginger Hurst Florida

The Presidents executive order is right on. What happened to a speedy trial. 3-5 years is crazy.

Its all about power and money.

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

The only reason that the this presidential executive order has been implemented is because of the extreme amount of administrative backlog cases on record now if we maintain the same amoumt of law judges it will take 3 to 5 years for a judge to hear the cases that are in the backlog now.

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