Waters, House Chairs Seek Accounting of Political Appointees Burrowing into Career Positions at Dozens of Agencies
Chairs Also Seek Information on Civil Service Jobs Being Reclassified Under Harmful New Trump Executive Order
Washington, DC, November 25, 2020
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and other House Committee Chairs sent a letter to 61 federal agencies requesting information on conversions of political appointees to civil service positions during the Trump Administration.
“Protecting the nonpartisan expertise of the career civil service is essential to the safety and security of the American people,” the Chairs wrote. “The merit system principles of the federal workforce put in place guardrails to ensure that competitive service requirements are not bypassed to inappropriately place political appointees in permanent career service positions.”
Federal law requires that personnel actions are carried out in a way that the “selection and advancement” of employees in the civil service are “determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge, and skills, after fair and open competition,” rather than on the basis of “partisan political purposes.”
“We are also seeking a full accounting of any positions converted, or being considered for conversion, under the new Schedule F recently created though Executive Order 13957,” the Chairs added. “The creation of this schedule would be a dramatic change in the composition of the civil service and expose it to undue political influence and intimidation. It is critical that Congress receive timely information about any potential and actual conversions made pursuant to this Executive Order.”
Today’s letter was signed by: