I just wondered if any of you out there knew this was in the works.
Probably just a sign of more to come?
"The Obama administration has now ordered a purging of Republicans from federal government civil service.
The Office of Federal Personnel Management, (OPM), has become the “henchman” of the Obama administration. Following orders they have issued new
rules -- going back five years --wherein every employee hired, who previously had been a political appointee, will be terminated regardless of cause
or poor performance.
It is clear what the intent of the Obama administration is by looking at the following statement made by John Berry the Director of OPM:
Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive
or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. OPM will review these proposed
appointments to ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws. I have delegated decision-making authority over
these matters to career Senior Executives at OPM to avoid any hint of political influence.
The memorandum specifically applies this change to all political appointees hired in the past 5 years and effectively works to freeze them out of
their current jobs or make their lives so miserable by denying promotions, that they will quit before they are forced out.
It is outrageous that the Obama administration would politicize what is supposed to be a independent government agency and would become so vindictive
and cold in their exercise of raw political power that they would take steps to eliminate people from their legitimate government employment, based
solely on their political pedigree and not their job performance.
I served in the White House during the presidency of George W. Bush. When he took office, we knew that a fair amount of Clinton appointees were making
the transition from political appointment positions to civil service positions and nothing was done to “root them out”. They were entitled to
remain in their positions and were held to the same standard of job performance as any other civil service employee.
There is nothing worse than abuse of government power. It erodes the very fabric of our laws and respect for government institutions.
For an incoming administration to make a "witch hunt" one of its top priorities and to attempt to fire civil servants who they believe are
Republican “sympathizers” is something you might have expected in the former Soviet Union or from the KGB. But it's not something we expected to
see in the United States led by the White House.
The expanded “portfolio” of OPM should worry all Americans. This little known agency will make the IRS look down right friendly if the Obama
administration is successful in expanding their duties, powers and responsibilities."
[edit on 13-12-2009 by On the Edge]