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House Republicans Unveil Plan to Boost Merit Pay and Slash Pensions

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Washington, February 6, 2020 | comments
The Republican Study Committee and its 146 members praised the federal workforce overall, but said in its Government Efficiency, Accountability and Reform Task Force report that civil servants' overall compensation is too high.
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From the Government Executive: 

"A group consisting of three-quarters of House Republicans on Thursday released a new blueprint to overhaul the civil service, calling for easier firing, more merit-based bonuses and cuts to automatic pay raises.

The Republican Study Committee and its 146 members praised the federal workforce overall, but said in its Government Efficiency, Accountability and Reform Task Force report that civil servants' overall compensation is too high. The report repeated a long-running complaint that good applicants are too hard to hire and bad workers are too hard to fire, suggesting that some feds are intentionally undermining the Trump administration. At an event at the Capitol to unveil the reform plan, which featured several members of the committee as well as a man in a “swamp monster” costume, lawmakers said it would serve as a 'playbook' for legislative changes once Republicans retake control of Congress.

'The fourth branch of government is the bureaucracy,' said Rep. Mark Johnson, R-La., the Republican Study Committee’s chairman, on Thursday. 'It’s time to scale it back and this is the way to do it.'

The committee suggested Congress implement many of the proposals from President Trump’s reorganization plan, saying the government needs to be consolidated and restructured." READ MORE
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