Personnel News: October 2020 Archives

Trump issues sweeping order for tens of thousands of career federal employees to lose civil service protections, Washington Post

"President Trump this week fired his biggest broadside yet against the federal bureaucracy by issuing an executive order that would remove job security from an estimated tens of thousands of civil servants and dramatically remake the government. The directive, issued late Wednesday, strips long-held civil service protections from employees whose work involves policymaking, allowing them to be dismissed with little cause or recourse, much like the political appointees who come and go with each administration. Federal scientists, attorneys, regulators, public health experts and many others in senior roles would lose rights to due process and in some cases, union representation, at agencies across the government. ... the most likely targets would be employees at the highest level of the General Schedule below that, GS-13, -14 and -15. ... The order would not affect the roughly 6,000 senior executives in the government. But experts on the civil service said the most likely targets would be employees at the highest level of the General Schedule below that, GS-13, -14 and -15."

Trump signs executive order that critics warn politicizes federal career civil service, CNN

"Max Stier, the head of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which seeks to fix government, argued, "Being able to place any number of existing career positions into this new Schedule F not only blurs the line between politics and the neutral competency of the career civil service, it obliterates it."

'Stunning' Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service, Government Executive

"The order sets a swift timetable for implementation: Agencies have 90 days to conduct a "preliminary" review of their workforces to determine who should be moved into the new employee classification--a deadline that coincides with Jan. 19, the day before the next presidential inauguration."

Trump's historic assault on the civil service was four years in the making, Washington Post

"President Trump's extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a Β­little-known West Wing policy shop."

Keith's note: Just when everyone is totally stressed out from trying to hold their agencies together from home - during a global pandemic - the White House drops this little gem on everyone. If you are not loyal to the current regime you now risk being penalized or fired.

OK, now everyone needs to get back to their job of exploring the universe - while everything else falls apart back here on Earth.

Gordon Woodcock

Keith's note: Sources report that Gordon Woodcock has died. A long time employee of Boeing, Woodcock had a hand in virtually every type of space project you can imagine over the years. Although he retired from Boeing in 1996, he never really retired and became a fixture in the space community. His career spanned many decades and he influenced a lot of people in the space industry. Details to follow. Ad Astra.

- Bio, NSS
- Gordon Roy Woodcock, Legacy.com

Keith's note: Depending on the election results a week earlier this could be moot.

Colorado Fire Update

Keith's note: As you all probably know there are a lot of space and planetary science and aerospace folks who live in Colorado. You can track the Boulder area fires here and Larimer county fires here.


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