America’s morbidly obese federal bureaucracy is figuratively the giant that’s so big, it can’t even tie its own shoes.
Just one example: The Department of Defense has more civilian workers than those actually in uniform.
But in another spectacularly innovative move, President Trump’s campaign promise of a smaller but more efficient federal government is in the works.
As reported by Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner, “President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the ‘worst,’ rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, ‘You’re fired!'”
Among the changes in the president’s proposed budget:
- Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.
- An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3 percent to 5 percent that 99.7 percent of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.
- Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.
- Retraining of employees.
- Redeploying workers where they are needed.
Bedard also reported that besides decades worth of presidents promising change, “officials stressed that there is bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the needed legal changes to make the reforms, backing by federal unions and even encouragement in agencies who feel bad workers are rewarded and good ones are ignored.”
Even more good news was reported by the Washington Examiner;
The officials, speaking on background, did not say how large or small they expect the bureaucracy to be after the three-year reform effort, but it was clear that many workers in jobs that private industry has automated will be out.
And it was also clear that the workforce will be younger, mobile and more tech-savvy. Several times the officials noted that the Civil Services was created at a time when secretarial help was key and now higher-educated IT employees are needed.
This can only bode well for the future of America.