• President Donald Trump signed an executive order   aimed at making federal bureaucrats engaged in policymaking more accountable.
  • The order is intended to address what Trump administration officials say is a concern about the growth of the federal bureaucracy and about an increasing willingness by Congress to delegate policymaking authority to executive branch agencies.
  • Because of civil service protections, career federal employees essentially can make and design policy details and rules with little or no public accountability.
  • “President Trump is delivering on his promise to make Washington accountable again to the citizens it’s meant to serve,” Russ Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said. “This much-needed reform will increase accountability in essential policymaking positions within the government.”
  • Trump’s executive order creates a new category of federal employees involved in policymaking—Schedule F—for the personnel in agencies that write federal rules and regulations.
  • The federal government has political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president or agency head as well as career employees who cannot be removed without a lengthy civil service process.
  • The executive order gives federal agencies more flexibility and oversight over career employees in critical positions that affect policy. The new Schedule F will apply to federal employees serving in confidential, policy-determining, policymaking, or policy-advocating positions that don’t change when a presidential transition occurs.
  • The goal is to ensure that federal employees responsible for making policy decisions are held accountable, 

Source: dailysignal.com