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Rep. Elijah Cummings: Federal Workers Should Be Trained, Not Fired

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By    |   Monday, 13 Feb 2017 11:37 AM

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., delivered a rebuttal to his committee chairman over faster firing of federal workers, in an interview with The Washington Post released Monday.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a range of policies in January, including a proposal to speed the process of suspending and firing federal workers, and to change their retirement system.

"With millions of federal employees working across the country, there are bound to be cases in which disciplinary measures are warranted," said Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the panel, in an email to the Post.

"There have been cases in which managers take too long to act, but often that's because they fail to use existing tools — not because the law stood in their way. The solution is better training for managers on disciplinary procedures, as well as better funding and staffing for human resources departments."

He added that federal employees "have chosen to forgo opportunities for higher paying jobs in the private sector in order to serve the public. Eliminating or reducing their pensions and gutting their pay would push skilled people out of the civil service and impair the recruitment of new talent."

Cummings also spoke out against President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze, saying "experience tells us that a hiring freeze will harm efficiency and cost taxpayers more money, not less."

"The effects of President Trump's across-the-board hiring freeze will range from ineffective to harmful," he continued.

"For example, this hiring freeze impacts Offices of Inspectors General — the very people who are tasked with rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse, and saving taxpayer money… The Social Security Administration is headquartered in my district, and a freeze there could hurt more than 60 million seniors who depend on getting their Social Security benefits on time."

"The freeze will also hurt our veterans and minorities because the federal government hires more veterans and minorities than the private sector."

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