Connect with us

News

Trump Attacks Bureaucracy, Issues Executive Order Keeping Government Employees Accountable

Published

on

Trump Attacks Bureaucracy, Issues Executive Order Keeping Government Employees Accountable

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to instill in the federal bureaucracy the “job or walk” spirit of the private sector.

The order is intended to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by introducing a new class of jobs called “Schedule F.” This would include “employees working in a classified, policy-making, policy-making or policy-making role that is not usually subject to change as a result of a presidential transition,” according to the White House fact sheet.

The Order itself, dated October 21, states that “efficient monitoring of employees ‘ performance in confidential, policy-making, policy-making or policy-making roles is of the utmost importance.”

However, this norm is not always met by the federal bureaucracy, the order states.

“Unfortunately, existing government performance monitoring is insufficient, as federal employees themselves have admitted. For example, the 2016 Merit Values Survey shows that less than a quarter of federal employees agree that their department successfully handles weak performers, “the order said.

“The separation of employees who can not or will not meet the required performance requirements is necessary and especially important for employees in positions of confidentiality, policy-making, policy-making, or policy-making,” Trump said in his order.

The order stated that the President was reacting to a need found by those who were trying to get work done in the light of the limitation of having workers in their workforce on which they could not rely.

“Senior agency officials complain that poor performance of career workers in policy-relevant roles has resulted in long delays and poor quality work for major agency programs, such as the drafting and issuance of regulations,” the order said.

The fact sheet that followed the order said, “Removing bad performers from these vital roles is time-consuming and challenging. The Government Accountability Office estimates that it takes 6 months to 1 year for Federal employees to be removed for bad results.

Do you think Trump’s order for federal workers was justified?

The order claimed that serving taxpayers requires good people in government.

“Given the sensitivity of the roles they perform, workers in such positions must show sufficient disposition, acumen, impartiality and sound judgement. In view of these conditions, agencies should have a greater degree of flexibility in the selection of such personnel than is offered by the current competitive service mechanism, “said the Order.

The fact sheet states that reclassified workers would be shielded from retribution against political affiliation.

Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Viginia, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, put a partisan spin on the order, according to The Independent.

He called it “another assault on federal workers that does not answer any of the problems that could hinder successful federal recruiting and recruiting.”

Connolly said that making it easier to rid the government of individuals was “a cheap step to let Trump’s administration replace talent and acumen with fealty and self-dealing.”

However, even liberal media outlets like The Washingon Post have reported the presence of anti-Trump blocs among federal workers, willing to obstruct the populist, small-government ideology of the president. An executive order that makes it easier for those workers to get out of work in the second Trump administration will make it easier to enforce even more of those conservative policies.

Months earlier, according to the Independent, then-deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley telegraphed the order by saying that Trump intended to remove “people in the bowels of the federal government working against this president” and promote “their own selfish political agenda.”

“It’s not a secret that we want people in places who work for this president, not against him, and too often we have people in this government — I mean, the federal government is huge, for millions of people — and there are a lot of people out there who are taking action against this president, and when we find them we’re going to take the right action,” Gidley said in January, according to the Independent.

Gidley is now the press secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign.

In one part, Trump’s executive order suggests that it may be a way to counter media leaks aimed at harming the administration:

“The Federal Government shall benefit from career professionals in roles which are not usually subject to change as a result of the presidential transition but which perform significant duties and exercise considerable independence in formulating and enforcing executive branch policies and programmes under the laws of the United States,” it states.

“The heads of executive departments and agencies and the American people also entrust these practitioners with non-public information that must be kept secret.”

google news [give_form id="136891"]

News

Bo Byram is back. Nathan MacKinnon is returning. The Avalanche’s NHL-leading scoring clip is bound to surge.

Published

on

Bo Byram’s return sparks Avalanche in victory over Nashville Predators

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said if rookie Bo Byram had shot quicker a couple of times on Saturday night, the dynamic young defenseman would have had three goals against Nashville.

Following Colorado’s 6-2 victory, Bednar also could have said if star center Nathan MacKinnon was in the lineup, the Avs could have reached seven goals for the fourth time in eight games.

Bottom line: Colorado proved in November that it is loaded offensively, and has the ability to become more dangerous when MacKinnon rejoins Byram in the lineup on Wednesday at Toronto. The Avs are 7-1 in MacKinnon’s latest absence and 5-1 without both MacKinnon and Byram this month.

They have averaged 5.4 goals in the past eight games to lead the NHL in scoring at 4.00. And their .750 winning percentage in November (7-2-1) is a club record.

What happens when MacKinnon follows Byram in rejoining the lineup in the next game on Wednesday at Toronto? Perhaps MacKinnon will realize he doesn’t have to be the superstar for this team to score more goals than it allows, and that diminished pressure will add to the team’s chemistry.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Mikko Rantanen, who had three goals and four points against the Preds, said of MacKinnon. “Getting one of the best players back to the team is only going to help us.”

Byram is certainly an important side piece, and he adds to what already is the NHL’s most multi-faceted blue-line corps.

Byram, who settled for the game-winning goal and four shots in logging 22:00 after missing six games with another concussion, was the second coming of Cale Makar against the Preds. That’s a big statement as Makar, the 2021 Norris Trophy finalist who is on an offensive tear, had seven goals and 12 points in his career-high six-game points streak.

Bednar had high praise for Byram for how quickly the 20-year-old returned to his dominant nature while coming off at least his third concussion of 2021.

google news [give_form id="136891"]
Continue Reading

News

WATCH: Broncos’ Javonte Williams’ 9-yard touchdown run against Chargers

Published

on

WATCH: Broncos’ Javonte Williams’ 9-yard touchdown run against Chargers

google news [give_form id="136891"]
Continue Reading

News

Dolphins crush Panthers behind Tua-Waddle connection, win fourth straight

Published

on

Dolphins crush Panthers behind Tua-Waddle connection, win fourth straight

The Miami Dolphins showed their midseason momentum is real and displayed what can become of the young Alabama connection of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Jaylen Waddle.

In a key game to determine if the Dolphins could legitimately swing their sudden surge into a reinsertion in the AFC playoff conversation, they responded. Clicking on all cylinders in a 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami won its fourth consecutive game.

The Dolphins, after starting 1-7, now find themselves at 5-7 with home games against the lowly New York Giants (4-7) and Jets (3-8) on the horizon and a path to getting back to .500 looking more and more realistic, especially after demoralizing the Panthers (5-7).

Tagovailoa completed just under 90 percent of his passes, going 27 of 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown. More than half of that passing yardage went to Waddle, the rookie wideout who finished with nine receptions for 137 yards and the touchdown. It all came against a Carolina pass defense that entered Sunday ranked No. 1 in the NFL.

The Dolphins defense held the Panthers to pedestrian numbers. Starting quarterback Cam Newton was 5 of 21 for 92 yards, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. Star running back Christian McCaffrey was held to 35 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Miami finished outgaining the Carolina, 315-198. The Dolphins held the Panthers to 4 of 12 on third downs, forced three turnovers on defense and even scored on special teams.

A pair of second-quarter touchdowns gave the Dolphins a 21-7 lead. First, Waddle caught a 9-yard touchdown from Tagovailoa that followed an interception and return into the red zone by cornerback Xavien Howard.

Later in the half, Waddle’s 57-yard catch and run over the middle from Tagovailoa eventually set up running back Myles Gaskin to score on a direct snap for a 3-yard touchdown. It was one of two Gaskin rushing scores out of the Wildcat, adding on from 3 yards out again in the third quarter.

Before halftime, The Dolphins were in position to add to the two-touchdown lead, but it backfired when center Austin Reiter skipped a shotgun snap past Tagovailoa that Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu recovered and ran the other way to the Miami 23-yard line. Receiver Isaiah Ford made a touchdown-saving tackle, but it left a second on the clock for a Zane Gonzalez 41-yard field goal. Miami led, 21-10, at halftime.

The Dolphins struck first on special teams when linebacker Duke Riley blocked a first-quarter punt deep in Panthers’ territory that cornerback Justin Coleman recovered for a touchdown. Riley also had a big third-down hit on Panthers receiver DJ Moore that forced the punt.

Carolina answered with a Newton 1-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by a long pass for 64 yards from Newton to Moore, who got open over the top on what appeared to be a miscommunication between Howard and fellow cornerback Byron Jones, both on the same side with no safety help.

Miami’s secondary recovered from there, intercepting Newton twice in the first half. Rookie safety Jevon Holland had the first one while Howard had the later one that set up the Waddle touchdown.

The Dolphins got to the Panthers’ 24-yard line on their opening possession, but former American Heritage High and FSU standout Brian Burns swooped past right tackle Jesse Davis for a strip-sack of Tagovailoa. Davis recovered the fumble, which was followed by a Michael Palardy punt to the Carolina 5-yard line before the Miami special teams score.

Aside from the Howard and Holland interceptions, cornerback Nik Needham had a diving interception late against Panthers backup quarterback PJ Walker. Jaelan Phillips had three sacks, and Emmanuel Ogbah and Christian Wilkins added one apiece.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, but he also missed an extra point off the upright.

Sunday’s game was only the seventh meeting all time between the Dolphins and Panthers. Carolina, a 1996 expansion franchise in the NFC, is Miami’s least-faced opponent in the NFL.

The Dolphins host the Giants next Sunday before their bye week.

This story will be updated.

google news [give_form id="136891"]
Continue Reading

Trending