Trump has plan to cut federal workforce, and government workers aren’t going to like it
DO THE UNTHINKABLE IN WASHINGTON
Washington Post (Bezos blog)
PDonald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are making plans to tackle the government bureaucracy they have long insulted themselves against, eroding job protections and reducing the benefits federal workers have received for a generation.
These changes were once unthinkable for federal employees, their unions and supporters in Congress. But the election of Trump as a foreigner promising to shake up a system he has told voters is inundated with “waste, fraud and abuse” has conservatives optimistic they could do now what Republicans have. been unable to do so in the 133 years since the modern civil service. created.
Trump vowed that in his first 100 days he would freeze federal hiring and pledged to scrap two regulations for every new regulations passed, as well as shutting down the Department of Education and parts of it. ‘EPA.
Hiring freezes, the end of automatic raises, the green light to fire the poor, a ban on government-sponsored union activities and less generous pensions – this is the plan that emerges under Republican control in Washington in January.
“We’re going to have to get the country to understand the scale of the problem, its human costs and why reform is absolutely essential,” said Gingrich, who urged Trump to downsize the big government and overhaul “work for life.” »Federal labor guarantee.
Gingrich predicted that Stephen K. Banon, a former Breitbart News chief who helped lead Trump’s campaign and who is now one of his most influential advisers, would lead the effort. “It’s a big, big project,” he said. The project aligns with Bannon’s longstanding warnings of the corrupting influence of government and a capital endemic to “crony capitalism.”
Top Republicans on Capitol Hill say their first priority will be facilitating the termination of employees deemed incompetent or breaking the rules.
“It’s almost impossible to fire someone,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. “When the overwhelming majority are doing a good job and the one bad apple is there to watch pornography, I want people to be held accountable.”
Gingrich said the Trump administration would likely seek advice from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (right), who has stripped civil servant unions of most of their collective bargaining rights and made workers pay more for their collective bargaining rights. pensions and for health care.
“We will play the defense for at least two years,” said William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the third largest federal union.