Protecting Federal Employees’ Pay, Hope for Paid Parental Leave and More

 

Protecting Federal Employees’ Pay, Hope for Paid Parental Leave and More

The White House has again signaled that President Trump intends to overhaul federal employee compensation and move work to the private sector, this time including those reforms as part of a promise to “innovate and update government.” This clearly doesn’t bode well for civil servants’ pay, retirement benefits or job security. “There’s going to be a respect for taxpayers in this administration, so that whether it’s salaries or actual positions or programs, [Trump’s] going to have a very, very tough look at how we’re operating government, how many positions they’re in, what people are getting paid,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

But in one silver lining, a group of Democratic senators has made a pledge of its own. The 12 senators – led by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii – introduced a resolution (S. Res. 51) “recognizing the contributions of federal employees” and vowing to fight back against any legislation or Trump administration action that would “erode fair compensation for federal employees,” specifically by cutting pay, raising health insurance premiums or “unnecessarily or irresponsibly reducing the overall federal workforce.” The senators also said they would combat attempts to reduce retirement benefits, undermine federal employee unions, eliminate due process rights for federal employees and outsource inherently governmental work.

The resolution, reported by Federal News Radio, now has support from a total of 15 senators, all Democrats. There are also separate movements to carve out more exemptions to Trump’s hiring freeze. Some House Democrats, for instance, would like to ensure that all veterans are excluded from the directive.

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Chaffetz Discusses Civil Service and Benefits Reforms With Trump at White House

Chaffetz Discusses Civil Service and Benefits Reforms With Trump at White House

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has promised sweeping reforms to feds' retirement benefits and job security.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has promised sweeping reforms to feds’ retirement benefits and job security. Molly Riley/AP

This story has been updated with additional details from Chaffetz’s meeting.

Congress’ government oversight leader and the chief crusader for civil service reforms met with President Trump Tuesday with plans to bring up his ideas for change.

Trump himself called the meeting, Chaffetz told reporters Tuesday morning, adding he was “not sure” why it was happening. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman has promised to hold the Trump administration accountable and said he would not be the president’s “cheerleader,” though to date one of the only investigations he has promised is into the Office of Government Ethics for criticizing Trump’s conflicts of interest. Chaffetz has also vowed to look into Trump’s Old Post Office lease with the General Services Administration.

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