Oversight Democrats Applaud Biden-Harris Administration’s Announcement to Protect Federal Workers from Political Retribution
Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2023)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation, issued the following statements after the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a new rule to ensure due process rights and civil service protections for career civil servants:
“We need a professional civil service to implement the goals and plans of our government. Americans rely on federal workers to deliver mail, provide aid and information in natural disasters, help us receive Social Security and VA benefits, process our passports, and so much more. These essential government services should remain nonpartisan and free from partisan games,” said Ranking Member Raskin. “This action will ensure that our climate scientists and emergency preparedness experts are hired on the basis of their knowledge and expertise—not because of their partisan service and subservience to a single president. In America, the federal civil service pledges loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, not to a dictator or party leader. I thank OPM for taking this essential action to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of our professional civil service.”
“Our federal workforce is overwhelmingly made up of hardworking women and men who simply want to serve. They have no desire to engage in the ebb and flow of electoral politics. This new rule provides needed protection to those employees and I applaud the effort,” said Ranking Member Mfume.
“I welcome this regulation as an important first step toward protecting the merit-based principles of our civil service and preventing politicization of the federal workforce,” said Ranking Member Connolly. “There are those who would stop at nothing to denigrate federal employees and exert untoward influence over what should be purely apolitical functions of the federal government. For the sake of our democracy and the dedicated public servants who make it work, they must not prevail.”