President Trump recently issued three executive orders that are aimed at civil service reform, and the feedback from federal workers has been surprisingly positive.
The series of executive orders “streamline the firing process across government, remove firings and adverse personnel actions from eligibility for grievance and appeal processes, and seek to curb federal employee unions’ ability to negotiate with agency leadership or represent workers,” according to an article by Government Executive.
After conducting a poll to examine the likeness of the new policies, the Government Business Council found that just over half of federal workers polled – 51 percent – supported or strongly supported the orders.
Additionally, 24 percent were not in favor of the efforts and another 24 percent were neutral or had no opinion.
The new orders put in place aim to make it easier for underperforming employees to be fired. Prior to the president’s policies, agencies could allow up to 120 days for employees to improve their performance.
Now, poor performing employees have just 30 days to turn their performance around in order to avoid being fired. This executive order will likely improve working conditions and provide a greater incentive for employees to do their job well.
“That should be a great relief for supervisors who have been hesitant to hold people accountable,” Bill Wiley, an attorney and former chief counsel to the chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board said to Federal News Radio. “It’s easier to commit to a month than three or four months.”
The president’s new orders also allow managers to choose the appropriate approach when handling an employee’s misconduct.
“Prior to Trump’s executive orders, managers were ordinarily bound to progress through lesser disciplinary steps from verbal warning and written notices to suspensions, demotions, and removal from the civil service,” The Daily Signal writes. “Now, managers are free to choose a punishment that fits the crime.”
“Supervisors and deciding officials should not be required to use progressive discipline,” the order states. “The penalty for an instance of misconduct should be tailored to the facts and circumstances.”