The Purge of Republicans in Federal Civil Service is about to begin

From Glenn Reynolds on his Instapundit site. This memo, in affect, allows the Office of Personnel Management the authority to purge anyone hired, retroactively back for five years, who doesn’t meet Obama’s litmus test. In other words, Republicans.

During the Clinton administration, some political appointees were allow to convert to being in the US civil service. When Bush entered office, he continued the practice established by Clinton. Now Obama want to purge those who converted during 43’s administration.



OPM is now claiming authority to weed out every former political appointee from being considered for ANY federal positions at EVERY level of the GS Pay Scale, for both the competitive AND excepted service – made RETROACTIVE for the past 5 years! (This is a new, extra layer of scrutiny previously reserved for SES hires.) OPM will now check the recommended hires to “ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws.”

It is well established anti-discrimination law in the Federal sector – the public (political appointees included) may not be excluded from consideration for federal jobs because of their political affiliation.

OPM’s alleged rationale is to keep political appointees from “burrowing in,” but agencies would need to have already considered the applicant the best qualified to even reach this new hurdle.

Stated another way, “but for” the applicant having served as a political appointee within the past five years, all agencies would not be required to seek review from OPM for all agency positions. Effectively, the ONLY reason EVERY agency will now be REQUIRED to consult OPM is to “ask permission” to hire a person based on their political affiliation.

Why make the policy retroactive for 5 years? I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

3 thoughts on “The Purge of Republicans in Federal Civil Service is about to begin

  1. Geez, Mr. Crucis …

    Call me naive, I guess. I had always thought that the GS service (like WG, etc) were non-political positions. I always thought these positions were filled by competition. It was always my understanding that the so-called executive-level positions like GM or (I think) GE (someone will correct me) were paygrades where appointments were made. This is very scary to me because our FBI people — the people who actually do the work — are GS level people. In light of the recent mosque and Iran connection seizures, I felt a sort of vindication that the law enforcement people involved were indeed politically neutral. I am extremely glad this kind of progress has been made against the hate-moslems, but this post has caused a re-evaluation. I would hate to think of such a seizure as a fluke.

  2. Historically, Civil Service positions have been politically neutral below GS-12. Candidates where hired and promoted by merit—as much as that can be done in a bureaucracy. Favoritism always abounds and nepotism exists.

    What Clinton did was to convert some high-level executive and policy level positions to Civil Service—positions that had been patronage before that point. That allowed the dems to keep their liberal synchopants in place. Bush had other things on his mind and left them there to his detriment. He also took advantage of the situation and converted some (much less than Clinton) positions too.

    Obama is now going further than Clinton and adding a political litmus test to those who were converted by Bush. If they won't support Obama, they're out. It's selective.

    I wouldn't mind if Obama purged them all Bush's and Clinton's. But he didn't. The purge is targeted.

    And some of those positions converted by Clinton were in the Justice Department. Not the FBI directly, but many in the Attorney General's office. Does the Civil Rights panel ring any bells?

  3. Ain't THAT special… Actually GS-15 and below were supposed to be politically neutral, it was not until you got to GS-16 or SES that politics started rearing it's head…

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