by Jon DoughertyJ at conservativebrief
Former President Donald Trump, who is set to begin campaigning in earnest over the next few weeks as he seeks to become the GOP’s 2024 presidential nominee, has been developing a new plan to “drain the swamp” should he manage to win.
One part of the plan involves an executive order that would allow for the immediate firing of federal workers, thereby ending their virtual ‘job-for-life’ status.
“It would strip any official who has anything to do with the policy of any real career protections or due process. Government employees could essentially be fired at will or even on a whim,” a federal worker union official warned, according to the Washington Examiner.
During his first term, Trump had hopes of reforming federal employee hiring and firing processes in order to replace embedded careerists who were slow-walking or thwarting his agenda, but his administration ran into tough resistance from federal unions.
In July, a report noted that Trump and his allies spent the previous several months meticulously planning not only his return to the White House but also a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy down to the mid-staff level that could lead to tens of thousands of firings.
According to Axios, whose correspondents spent three months interviewing some two dozen Trump insiders and others familiar with the planning, Trump will reimplement “Schedule F,” an executive order he issued just days before the 2020 election and which was quickly rescinded by President Joe Biden that calls for completely reshaping hundreds of federal agencies.
The plan calls for replacing current bureaucrats with young professionals who are all-in with his “MAGA” agenda. Schedule F formed a new category of federal employees who are in “positions of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character,” and allows for those employees to be replaced following a presidential transition.
“The Federal Government benefits from career professionals in positions that are not normally subject to change as a result of a Presidential transition,” the order says.