While politicians come and go, the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. just grows.
But that may all be about to change.
Trump was elected to “Drain the Swamp” and he’s unveiling a plan to do it by the end of his first term.
Details are beginning to emerge about Trump’s new budget proposal containing a “three year reform measure.”
Taking queues from some of America’s most successful private businesses and a few “well-operating agencies” he’s about to give the government a major overhaul.
And “The Swamp” isn’t going to like what they hear . . .
The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the “worst,” rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, “You’re fired!”
Officials said the overall goal is to bring the 1950s-styled Civil Service into the digital age, introduce automation, reward “the best” with bonuses, make it easier to hire and fire, and provide “flexibility” by moving employees where they are needed and even rehiring skilled retirees.
Gone would be the automatic reward of pay “step” increases of 3 percent to 5 percent which 99.7 percent of workers get, regardless of their performance. Also targeted, said the officials, are annual reviews that now give “everybody” a grade of four or five on a scale of five. And benefits, now 47 percent higher than in the private workforce, according to a congressional report, will be trimmed.
This sort of major reform is long overdue.
The report went on to summarize some of the major changes.
Among the changes proposed:
- Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.
- An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3 percent to 5 percent that 99.7 percent of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.
- Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.
- Retraining of employees.
- Redeploying workers where they are needed.
We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on this as more details emerge.
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