President Trump makes it easier to fire 'poorly performing' government workers

October 23, 2020 - 10:47 am

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Wednesday making it easier to hire and fire certain government employees who work in important policy-making positions within the federal government and who previously were guarded from removal by civil service protections.

Under the order, which creates a new classification for federal employees, called "Schedule F," federal agencies will have more flexibility to hire and fire "employees in confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions" who perform poorly.

In a statement released along with the order, the White House noted that, previously, removing career federal employees who perform poorly, even from critical positions, was "time-consuming and difficult" — typically taking between six months and a year.

As part of an effort to hold America's bureaucratic officials accountable, the order states that "agencies need the flexibility to expeditiously remove poorly performing employees from these positions without facing extensive delays or litigation."

Federal agency heads now have until Jan. 20, 2021, to determine which staff positions they will move into Schedule F designations.

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