Skip to Content


The Problem

From start to finish, it can take federal agency management more than one year to dismiss a poor performing employee and work to replace them. It has proven easier to promote or transfer poorly performing government employees than to terminate them - resulting in diminished efficiency, workplace morale, and quality of service to Americans. 

The Solution
Civil service employee dismissal should be modeled after the private sector. To ensure the highest-performing federal workers are in place to serve the public, Congress must: 
  • Increase agency management's power to remove poor employees
  • Expedite timelines; 7 - 21 days' notice of action; simple presentation of cause with employees given opportunity to respond
  • Retain employee right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Cap appeal decision time at 30 days, after which the dismissal is upheld, unless declared otherwise
  • Require that if the 3--day deadline is not met, MSPB must report to Congress and the oversight committees in the House and Senate and explain non-compliance
  • Uphold whistleblower protections
-MERIT Act One-Pager

-Bill Text

  MERIT Monday Series   


  In the News
- David Perdue Proposes Holding Federal Employees to Account READ MORE

- From the Daily Caller: The Government Needs to Hold More Federal Employees Accountable For Misconduct READ MORE

- From Fox News: Labor Day 2018: To drain the swamp, you must be able to fire the swamp READ MORE

- From Village-News: Fixing Washington D.C. begins with common sense bureaucratic reform READ MORE

- From the Federal Times: House moves forward on feds-restricting bills READ MORE

- From the Daily Torch: MERIT Act passes out of committee, proceeds to House floor READ MORE

- From Americans for Limited Government: FIRETHESWAMP.COM banner flies across D.C.-Metro area, video exclusive from Fox 5 DC as ALG urges cosponsors for MERIT Act - READ MORE

- From Breitbart News: ‘Fire the Swamp’ Banner to Fly over D.C. Beltway - READ MORE

- FreedomWorks’ Bill of the Month for February 2017: MERIT Act, H.R. 559 - READ MORE

  Press Releases
- Conservative Groups Support the MERIT Act READ MORE

- Rep. Loudermilk Works to Drain the Swamp READ MORE
- Senator David Perdue Leads Effort To Restore Accountability In Government READ MORE

- Conservative Groups Support the MERIT Act READ MORE

- MERIT Act Passes Key Committee in the House READ MORE

- Senator David Perdue Pushes To #DrainTheSwamp READ MORE

- Rep. Loudermilk: The MERIT Act Answers President Trump’s Call READ MORE

  Media Center  

On July 18, 2018, Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) appeared on “Tipping Point” on the One America News Network to discuss his bill, the MERIT Act.  

- Congressman Barry Loudermilk joins Freedom Works to talk about the MERIT Act, which makes it easier to fire federal employees who aren't doing their jobs.