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Biden’s new rule protects ‘deep state’ from Trump

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passage of S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, June 25, 2022, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
September 26, 2023

The Biden administration recently announced new measures intended to fortify protections for federal government employees.

The latest measures by the Biden administration come against a backdrop of leading Republican presidential candidates, including former President Donald Trump, advocating for a reduction and transformation of the federal workforce.

According to Stars and Stripes, the blueprint presented by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) emphasizes that federal employees cannot be deprived of specific civil service rights unless they relinquish them willingly.

Additionally, the measures aim to ensure that guidelines for political appointees will not be extended to nonpolitical, career staff, the agency confirmed.

According to Stars and Stripes, the Biden administration’s move would, in essence, make it more challenging to reclassify federal workers in a manner that would simplify stripping them of their civil service safeguards.

Former Trump allies and some conservative groups are currently strategizing on a broad approach to dissolve the “deep state” bureaucracy. The agenda advocated by some conservative leaders is estimated to potentially result in the termination of up to 50,000 federal employees.

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OPM Director Kiran Ahuja stated, “Career federal employees deliver critical services for Americans in every community. Prior attempts to needlessly politicize their work risked harming the American people.”

The move by OPM follows President Biden’s earlier action to counteract a Trump-era order, known as “Schedule F,” which aimed to ease the process of dismissing a significant number of federal workers.

However, Russ Vought, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Trump administration, asserted that the OPM’s recent announcement amplifies the legal robustness of “Schedule F” and criticized the attempts to place procedural barriers against it.

Several Republican presidential hopefuls have resonated with Trump’s perspective on reforming the federal workforce. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has expressed his ambition to dramatically reduce the federal workforce during his presidential tenure by up to 75%.

In contrast with conservative leaders, Everett Kelley, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees labor union, which represents 750,000 federal and D.C. government workers, applauded the Biden administration’s initiative, stating, “I have to commend the administration for such a bold move. This puts a stop to potential unethical practices by political appointees.”

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.