Trump Wants to Ease Firing of Federal Workers

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By Chris Opfer

President Donald Trump this evening urged lawmakers to make it easier for federal government agencies to fire their workers.

“Tonight I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people,” Trump said in his State of the Union address.

Trump’s statements follow the president’s previous pledges to trim the federal bureaucracy. Sources told Bloomberg Law in the days leading up to the State of the Union address that Trump is likely to offer a more specific plan for shrinking the government as part of his upcoming budget request.

The heads of the Labor Department, Office of Management and Budget, and Office of Personnel Management in a December memo to Trump called for “performance-sensitive compensation systems” to create a “more citizen-centered, results-oriented, and market-based” government.

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