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WashPost: Trump's Plans Target Government Workers' Benefits, Job Security

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By    |   Monday, 21 Nov 2016 10:28 AM

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are looking to take action against government bureaucracy by ending automatic raises, hiring freezes, the ability to fire workers who perform poorly, and ban on union business, according to The Washington Post.

Americans must be made aware of the "human costs" of big government, said former House speaker and Trump advisor Newt Gingrich, the Post notes. "You have the country moving to the right and being much more anti-Washington than it was" adding that reform is "absolutely essential."

Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon will lead the effort and "it's a big, big project," Gingrich said. 

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said firing incompetent government employees is a priority.

"It's nearly impossible to fire somebody," Chaffetz said, according to the Post. "When the overwhelming majority do a good job and the one bad apple is there viewing pornography, I want people to be held accountable."

Chaffetz said he plans reforms to retirement benefits by shifting to a 401(k)-style plan for new hires. "We have a Republican president who will help us drive this to the finish line," he said.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Vice President-elect Mike Pence could provide guidance for fighting against unions. Walker removed most collective bargaining rights from unions, and Pence battled unions and tied raises to employee performance, according to The Post.

"We're going to be playing defense for at least a couple of years," said William R. Dougan, president of the third-largest federal union, the National Federation of Federal Employees. "The most immediate worry is: How are we going to shrink government? Are we going to lay people off? Eliminate whole agencies or do it through attrition?"

Trump can institute a hiring freeze without approval from Congress and he has promised to eliminate two regulations for every one passed, shut down agencies, including the Department of Education and parts of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also wants to increase the military and immigration enforcement agents, the Post reports.

Incoming Democrat Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said he wanted to protect against favoritism in federal jobs, saying, "It's important that we not allow the civil service to be politicized."

Democrats note that senators in Republican-friendly states may not defend federal employees if they are looking to get reelected in 2018.

Many believe reforms are due for government work, the Post notes, and some employees that are being investigated sit home with pay and benefits for years. Performance ratings are not accurate.

About 0.5 percent of the civil service gets fired each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"The civil service fails at almost everything it was designed to do," civil service expert Paul Light said, according to the Post.

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he would reach out to federal unions, aiming to work together on reforms. "If we start with areas of agreement, I am confident that we can make continuous improvements to the functionality of the federal workforce."

On Friday, NPR's "All Things Considered" said Trump's presidency raises questions about the future of unions. "Losing the election was one thing, now unions must fight his policies," host Don Gonyea said.

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