President Donald Trump recently pledged that he would move to “fire the bureaucrats and drain the swamp” after winning the 2024 election.
Trump plans to implement Schedule F which would strip federal civil service workers of protections that prevent them from being fired.
The move could reshape the federal workforce and end the liberal bias among government bureaucrats, aka the “Deep State.”
However, Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is trying to head off the proposal from Trump before he can enforce it.
At the end of his term, Trump approved an executive order that created a new classification of federal workers.
According to CNN, the order classifies managers in “confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions” in a new Schedule F.
These workers, most of whom are federal civil service employees, would no longer be protected from dismissal.
After taking office, Biden undid that order.
Following Trump’s recent pledge to advance the plan, Biden has now proposed a rule that his administration hopes would make it harder to reclassify workers.
Much of the rule, as published in the Federal Register, praises civil service workers, while limiting the number of workers who could be reclassified and the reasons for such a step.
As President, my father will implement Schedule F to Fire the Bureaucrats and Drain the Swamp!pic.twitter.com/JURZNqE2qj
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 16, 2023
Rob Shriver, the deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the new rule “is strong and based in law and has a strong rationale,” according to The New York Times.
“Anyone who wants to explore a change in policy would have work to do. They’d have to go through the same administrative rule-making process and make sure that their policy is grounded in the law,” he said.
James Sherk, who helped create the concept of Schedule F when he worked in the Trump administration, said if Trump is elected, scrapping Biden’s rule with a new one would not be all that difficult.
“The Biden administration can, if they want, make removing intransigent or poorly performing senior bureaucrats harder on themselves,” he said.
“The next administration can just as easily rescind those restrictions.
“With regards to reissuing Schedule F, this proposed rule would be a speed bump, but nothing more.”
Jason Miller, who works in the Office of Management and Budget, defended the new rule.
Miller said Trump’s efforts to change the rules “exposed the fragility of the existing system — the system that has been in place for 140 years to ensure we have a dedicated nonpartisan civil service.”
Russell Vought, a past director of the Office of Management and Budget, criticized the new effort to block Schedule F.
“This expected move by the Biden administration to forestall accountability within the bureaucracy against poor performers merely reinforces what we already knew — Schedule F rests on a sound legal foundation, is going to succeed spectacularly and the only chance to stop it is to install procedural roadblocks,” he said.
Trump has made no secret that Schedule F would be a part of his plans, as Breitbart reported.
The report cites remarks prepared for last year’s Turning Point USA Student Action Summit.
“To drain the swamp, we need to fire the swamp,” Trump’s remarks said.
“With schedule F, I took executive action to make it possible to fire federal employees who are bypassing our democracy to advance wokeism and corruption.
“We now need Congress to institute historic reforms to permanently empower the president to root out the deep state and ensure that any bureaucrat who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary can be told, ‘You’re fired,’” the speech said.