Lawmakers, American Bar Assoc. want to block executive order
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 16, 2018
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.