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Tell Congress to Fire the Swamp!

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs can legally fire bad federal employees much faster than other agencies. Tell Congress to extend this power to all Cabinet secretaries in the December spending bill.

Every member of Congress should support the MERIT Act, which would expedite the removal of federal employees who have engaged in misconduct or are simply not performing, while limiting appeals to 30 days. Under current law it can take multiple years to remove an employee. A system that was initially designed to stop political manipulation of the civil service has become an unhealthy protection of bad behavior.

Many Americans wonder how civil servants at the Justice Department who abused their power still have their jobs. The reason is because of antiquated civil service protections. Congress has already managed to reform this problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and it’s working, now it needs to be allowed to work for all the other departments and agencies to hold federal employees accountable for their actions.

This is a bill whose time has come.


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Dear U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and the President:

With Nancy Pelosi poised to assume control of the House of Representatives in January, this could be the last chance to rein in the out of control federal bureaucracy. By attaching a rider to the December federal government spending bill, Congress could make it easier to fire bad federal employees.

The MERIT Act would expedite the removal of federal employees who have engaged in misconduct or are simply not performing, while limiting appeals to 30 days. A system that was initially designed to stop political manipulation of the civil service has become an unhealthy protection of bad behavior. This rider would institute the same reforms that were implemented at the Veterans Administration to several other elements of the federal bureaucracy.

The time to act is now.

Under current civil service rules, it can take years just to complete a single firing, resulting in a pathetic 0.5 percent firing rate which lags far below that of the private sector. Under the VA reforms, firings rose 26 percent initially in the department, and real accountability has been restored. The same could be done for more of the federal workforce. If the MERIT Act passes now as a budget rider, Congress will have at least created an opportunity to drain the swamp rather than wallowing in it.

Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

Public Comments

Public Comments (307)
Dec 29th, 2018
Someone from Ivanhoe, MN writes:
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The swamp should be drained and the wall built. The Amercan people are speaking and draining our reblic congress!
Dec 27th, 2018
Someone from Wheat Ridge, CO writes:
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We the american ppl want that wall built now. and congress to do there jobs. We also want term limits on congress.
Dec 22nd, 2018
Paul A. from Saylorsburg, PA writes:
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It is time to Drain The Swamp, and I WANT DAMN THE WALL!!!
Dec 21st, 2018
larry c. from Aitkin, MN writes:
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Do your dam job
Dec 20th, 2018
JOSEPH L. from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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Its time for all government employees, INCLUDING ELECTED OFFICIALS, to abide by not only the same rules that the general public must obey, but they must also be held to a HIGHER STANDARD so as to provide a standard to which our children can see and hope to achieve.
Dec 20th, 2018
Johnny K. from Calhoun, GA writes:
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Build our border wall now
Dec 20th, 2018
Johnny K. from Calhoun, GA writes:
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Build our border wall now
Dec 20th, 2018
Steven C. from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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All government workers should be evaluated annually based on a measurable ratings system. Almost all private companies have one. If you are not performing according to standards, then you are terminated. This measure alone will change the culture to get rid of this air of entitlement that government workers are noted for.
Dec 20th, 2018
Floyd W. from Homer, LA writes:
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FUND THE WALL
Dec 20th, 2018
J Bruce G. from Marlborough, MA writes:
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"No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic, and being autocratic they resist all development. Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It is the one element in our institutions that sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody." - From: Calvin Coolidge, Foundations of the Republic p 410-411

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