Friday, Trump signed three executive orders tackling civil service reform.

The bloated bureaucracy is fatally toxic, but any talk of civil service reform is always met with vitriol and apocalyptic prognostication.

Cue The New York Times:

You can read the EOs here.

The Washington Examiner has the scoop:

President Trump signed three executive orders Friday containing sweeping reforms that weaken protections for federal workers and eliminate perks for the unions that represent them.

Under the new executive orders, estimated to save at least $100 million a year, unions will be charged rent for federal office space and will not be reimbursed for travel expenses or for hours spent appealing worker firings.

Going forward, federal workers must spend 75 percent of their time on government work — some currently spend none — and agencies must publicly post union contracts in an online repository.

People will protest and complain about a move that requires federal workers to actually work. So lackadaisical have some agencies become, that a bill was passed banning porn-watching on the job.

In 2015, the WaEx reported that a high-level EPA official was busted watching as much as six hours of porn at work, but they were unable to can him.

Despite the ban, federal employees are still watching exorbitant amounts of porn on the taxpayer dime.

And let us not forget the scandal-laden VA.

But back to the WaEx on the EOs:

Trump also ordered the termination of an Obama-era policy that says leniency for one worker sets a precedent protecting others from firing, and shortened review periods preceding discipline for poor-performing employees.

Although the changes make it easier for workers to get fired, White House officials said they expected largely positive response.

“Federal employees are sick and tired of having to carry the dead wood,” one official said on an afternoon conference call. “It should not take a year plus appeals to remove someone from the federal workforce.”

The orders also provide for the renegotiation of union contracts, officials said.

“These contracts make it harder to fire employees than the law requires,” a White House office said on the call.

An official said the orders will let Trump “come as close as he can to fulfill his vision” for civil service reform without legislation.

“Today the president is fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our civil service rules,” said Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Just Thursday, a Civil Service Reform Bill passed the Senate State Government Committee, though that legislation focuses more on streamlining the hiring process.


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