The Trump administration’s war against federal workers continues as it threatens to close an agency and lay off its employees.
“President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening to furlough or lay off up to 150 employees at the Office of Personnel Management if Congress does not agree to eliminate the federal agency or find a new way to pay for the positions.
Members of Congress who oppose the administration’s plan to kill off OPM and move its functions elsewhere called the plan an effort to intimidate lawmakers and contend it is an attack on federal workers’ rights.
‘After realizing they were not going to prevail on the merits of the proposal, the Trump Administration is taking 150 federal employees hostage unless we consent to a plan that has no rationale,’ said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va.
Connolly, who chairs a government operations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the agency, called the break-up plan ‘nothing more than a political gambit to give the White House control of our longstanding merit-based civil service system.’
Trump administration officials said furloughs and possibly layoffs may be necessary because the personnel agency is losing revenue after the transfer of one of its core functions: conducting background checks on prospective federal employees.”
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