To Whom it may Concern in the Newly elected Congress & Obama administration……
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW REGARDING JOB PROTECTION! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!
Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department’s top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies — including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environmental decisions — into senior civil service posts.
The transfer of political appointees into permanent federal positions, called “burrowing” by career officials, creates security for those employees, and at least initially will deprive the incoming Obama administration of the chance to install its preferred appointees in some key jobs.
Similar efforts are taking place at other agencies. Two political hires at the Labor Department have already secured career posts there, and one at the Department of Housing and Urban Development is trying to make the switch.
Between March 1 and Nov. 3, according to the federal Office of Personnel Management, the Bush administration allowed 20 political appointees to become career civil servants. Six political appointees to the Senior Executive Service, the government’s most prestigious and highly paid employees, have received approval to take career jobs at the same level. Fourteen other political, or “Schedule C,” appointees have also been approved to take career jobs. One candidate was turned down by OPM and two were withdrawn by the submitting agency.
This is wrong, Wrong, WRONG! It’s not right that anybody working for the government cannot be fired. That’s not the reality regular people work with every day. In fact it’s counterproductive to getting good workers.
THIS MUST BE CHANGED RIGHT AWAY!
How about just sticking it in the middle of the Bailout Bill where nobody will read it, know about it or care? That’s normal operating procedure anyways!
Government is suppose to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, not of the rich people, by the rich people and for the rich people. Once again, it’s class warfare. Which is really not something to be taken lightly, although nobody seems to care.
The way our bureaucracy is NOT working, major changes need to happen RIGHT AWAY! We have been promised change and if we don’t see it in 2 years (especially with a majority in both houses), there will be hell to pay!
We have a fiscal crisis in this country and in this govt. It’s time to change the law, so that the size of this huge mess of a bureaucracy can be more reflective of our society and reward people who do good jobs and reward incompetent and inept political appointees of outgoing administrations.
President Obama, and the newly elected Democrats in Congress, need to fix this ASAP!