From start to finish, it can take federal agency management more than oneyear 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.
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