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Biden’s new rule would prevent Trump from mass firing federal workers


Actions speak louder than words and the Biden administration appears to be anticipating a negative outcome for November.

For all the bluster and confidence in President Joe Biden’s ability to run the country for another four years, his administration’s latest action speaks of another reality. A new rule by the Office of Personnel Management essentially protects federal workers from an incoming president’s attempt to mass fire civil servants.

“The Biden administration put the finishing touches Thursday on a plan to restrict presidents from unilaterally nixing civil service protections from large swaths of the federal workforce, as former President Donald Trump renews his vow to uproot a perceived ‘deep state’ if he is returned to the White House,” Politico reported.

“While a future president could take steps to squelch the new directive, it reflects a larger effort by the Biden administration to put a protective wall around its, policies,” the report continued.

“This final rule honors our 2.2 million career civil servants, helping ensure that people are hired and fired based on merit and that they can carry out their duties based on their expertise and not political loyalty,” the director of the Office of Personnel Management, Kiran Ahuja, said in a press release.

“The change is widely viewed as a pointed response to a fall 2020 executive order from Trump that created a new designation — known as Schedule F — for employees in policymaking roles that effectively made those workers easier to hire, fire or otherwise shuffle around,” Politico noted.

“This rule is about making sure the American public can continue to count on federal workers to apply their skills and expertise in carrying out their jobs, no matter their personal political beliefs,” OPM Deputy Director Rob Shriver said, speaking to reporters.

Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, said in a statement: “Today’s final rule is a necessary step to prevent partisan abuse of the civil service rules and a return to the failures and corruption of the spoils system of the 1800s.”

Social media users reacted to the move that belies Biden’s confidence in his re-election.

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