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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 (296)
Dec 14th, 2018
Someone from Richmond, KY writes:
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No one should feel so confident that they CAN NOT get fired, if they are doing a bad job...Who ever heard such nonsense? Please be reasonable and pass this Merit Act to have the ability to hire & fire.
Dec 14th, 2018
Tony W. from Exeter, NH writes:
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Veterans are sick and tired of incompetent leadership at VA. All of you politicians in NH know me and know what happened to me but you didn't help me when I begged you for help and needed you the most so I don't have high hopes any of you will support this bill because you proved to me your union VA jobs are more important than my life. I nearly died and all of you did next to nothing to help me. Why would I ever vote for a Democrat again? When you put VA jobs above the lives of human beings then you have lost your way. It's way past time to drain the VA swamp, but I know the Democrat politicians in NH have no interests in actually doing that so I'm not holding my breath for this bill to pass with any Democrat support whatsoever.
Dec 14th, 2018
Karen L. from Des Moines, IA signed.
Dec 13th, 2018
Someone from Royal Oak, MI writes:
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DRAIN THE SWAMP
Dec 13th, 2018
Keith W. from Lexington, SC writes:
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Its time to take back control of a government that's supposed to be of the people, for the people. We deserve for our tax dollars, a government that comes to the people rather than at the people. Self serving or ineffective employees must be shown the door as in any free market enterprise. We must never allow campaign contributions, lobbyists, to gain favorable legislation to large organizations. Never should a government employees decisions be compromised by favor of money, gifts, contributions in monetary or physical forms including preferential treatment for colleagues, friends or family.
Dec 13th, 2018
Daniel P. from Fishers, IN writes:
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This is not what our Founding Fathers envisioned, We the People have disgraced our founders and have lost sight of our duties both Civilian and Government. Please consider, we are not being represented fairly.
Dec 13th, 2018
WM G. from Appleton, WI writes:
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When you think about it, anything "Federal" should be to serve "the people". The fact that under the current system, when it comes to performance federal employees operate in a different system than those in the private sector. This is the epitome of unfair. It's time federal employees are required to perform, and behave, or find another job!
Dec 13th, 2018
William S. P. from Plaistow, NH writes:
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When I was in the Air Force we were evaluated regularly by our superiors. All civilian employees should be subject to the same conditions as non union employees. Dead wood should be replaced!
Dec 12th, 2018
Someone from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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We want term limits for non performance actors. Pelosi, Schumer, Waters, Al Green, all are way to old and are obstructionists for positive change. Please drain the swamp!!!!! Merit act is a great idea!
Dec 12th, 2018
Rcharles L. from Mount Hermon, CA writes:
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Standards for maintaining competence in govt. bureaucracy should be equal to private & productive agencies. Wage scales must be the same.

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