Civil Service Reform—Or Is That Destruction?

January 12, 2017; Washington Post

Chants of “Drain the Swamp” rang out as President-elect Trump campaigned on his way to victory. The populist energy that fueled his supporters seemed aimed at an elite, wealthy aristocracy who served their own interests and not those of working people. As the new Congress began its work and the presidential transition took shape, it became apparent the target was not our government’s leadership but its rank-and-file workforce. Appointed leadership positions in the new government continue to be filled by the wealthy; the early legislative action designed to reform government has targeted the civil service workers who do much of the day-to-day work of government. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) recently introduced a bill to change the very nature of civil service employment.