Chairman Connolly Celebrates House Passage of Bill to Protect the Civil Service
Washington, September 15, 2022
Tags: Good Government
Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 302, the Preventing a Patronage System Act:
The Preventing a Patronage System Act will secure the civil service and protect federal employees from losing statutory and constitutional protections. The bill would ensure the civil service system cannot be politically manipulated, by preventing any position in the federal competitive service from being reclassified outside of merit system principles without the express consent of Congress.
Chairman Connolly and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bill on January 2021 after President Trump signed Executive Order 13957, creating Schedule F in the excepted service in October 2020. This executive order would undermine the merit system principles of our federal workforce by requiring agency heads to reclassify “policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating” positions to a newly created Schedule F category of federal employees that removes their due process rights and civil service protections. The executive order would have made it easier for any Administration to remove qualified experts from federal service and replace them with political loyalists.
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