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Biden Administration Issues New Rule on “protecting the merit-based civil service and preventing a return to Donald Trump’s disastrous Schedule F proposal”

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11): "But the threat of a politicized civil service is too great, and too real, for this to be the end of our efforts"

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See below for statements from President Joe Biden and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) on release of the “final rule on protecting career civil servants from politicization.” As Rep. Connolly says, “I applaud President Biden and his administration for their commitment to protecting the merit-based civil service and preventing a return to Donald Trump’s disastrous Schedule F proposal. This rule is a vital and necessary step toward ensuring that the federal workforce is always defined by expertise, not political fealty.”

Statement from President Joe Biden on Final Rule to Protect Nonpartisan Civil Servants

Today, my Administration is announcing protections for 2.2 million career civil servants from political interference, to guarantee that they can carry out their responsibilities in the best interest of the American people. Day in and day out, career civil servants provide the expertise and continuity necessary for our democracy to function. They provide Americans with life-saving and life-changing services and put opportunity within reach for millions. That’s why since taking office, I have worked to strengthen, empower, and rebuild our career workforce. This rule is a step toward combatting corruption and partisan interference to ensure civil servants are able to focus on the most important task at hand: delivering for the American people.

 

Connolly Statement on Biden Administration’s Rule to Protect Civil Service from Politicization

Washington, DC – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation, and the author of the Saving the Civil Service Act, released the following statement after the Biden Administration released its final rule on protecting career civil servants from politicization:

“I applaud President Biden and his administration for their commitment to protecting the merit-based civil service and preventing a return to Donald Trump’s disastrous Schedule F proposal. This rule is a vital and necessary step toward ensuring that the federal workforce is always defined by expertise, not political fealty. But the threat of a politicized civil service is too great, and too real, for this to be the end of our efforts. We must build on this important step with legislation that ensures no future president can take office and replace 50,000+ dedicated civil servants with an army of political loyalists. I will continue to fight for passage of my bipartisan Saving the Civil Service Act, the only permanent solution to a problem that is not going away any time soon.”  

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