Report: WH actively hunting 'disloyal' feds
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 25, 2020
Federal employee unions and other employee organizations have long complained the current administration is uniquely out of step—breaking custom and sometimes the law—in pressuring feds to be more about loyalty to political leadership and less about apolitical agency mission, Government Executive reports.
In the report, a White House spokesman appears to flat-out confirm this complaint, in a recent television interview—in contrast to the denials often heard from most administration officials when pressed on the issue.
Although the spokesperson did not specify any particular employees or agency—or mention directly the civil service—he did mention the millions employed by the federal government. To many, this left a clear impression he was not referring to the relatively few thousand political appointees—but rather to the wider federal workforce, raising a red flag, the article notes.
From the passage of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883, to the Hatch Act of 1939, to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and beyond, there has been a growing body of law separating the electoral political considerations of any given White House from the civil service—and, though imperfect, protecting the day-to-day work of federal employees from direct political interference and retaliation.
According to an official report from the Office of Special Counsel, the prohibited personnel practice prohibition has been breached under this administration, in terms of recorded incidents, more often than ever before.