The term “government employee” has become synonymous with lazy, bureaucratic nonsense.
Also a host of other unflattering adjectives.
If you’re dealing with federal, county, and various state offices, it can be rather frustrating.
President Donald Trump is proposing to make some changes to the federal civilian workforce with his 2019 budget. To those employees not measuring up or pulling their weight, this could spell doom for them. The budget is set to be released on Monday and is purported to contain some of the biggest reforms to the government workforce in decades.
These are some of the changes that were proposed:
Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.
An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3% to 5% that 99.7% of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.
Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.
Retraining of employees.
Redeploying workers where they are needed.
The White House is purposing to change how more than 1.5 million federal workers are paid with a merit-based system. The system will emphasize performance-based raises instead of the current system that generally increases pay based on tenure.
President Donald Trump alluded the proposal in his State of the Union address stating, “Tonight, I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” He is using the VA Accountability Act, which gave the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire and discipline workers, as a model for the newest proposal.
American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox claimed that President Donald Trump is using this proposal as a “political revenge” stating, “While to some people those are code words, they’re very clear to us. Basically, it wipes out due process rights for employees. He seems to be interested in political revenge by firing people. The government is not a family business that you get to be in total control of.”
“And every president has largely failed, running up against an entrenched culture in the bureaucracy, opposition from labor unions and a fickle Congress,” said Donald Devine, who was President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director.
Trump Administration officials said that they were inspired by Devine’s work, but it was not popular at that time:”Newspapers gave Devine nicknames like “the Grinch,” “the Rasputin of reduction in force,” and “the terrible, swift sword of the civil service.” He served four years as director of the Office of Personnel Management but withdrew his re-nomination in 1985 amid congressional opposition,”
“You get bogged down, the unions keep threatening you, they get Congress so upset,” Devine said. “All the presidents, after a while, give up and forget about it. Some of them make it worse, some of them do a little better.”