TRUMP CAMPAIGN SAYS IT WOULD CHANGE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS TO ELIMINATE BURROWING AND TARGET FEDS LOYAL TO OBAMA - July 21, 2016
Trump Campaign Says Donald Would Loosen Civil Service Laws to Root Out Feds Loyal to Obama
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
A key Donald Trump ally unveiled this week how the Republican nominee would reform the civil service as president, and it could dramatically change the protections federal employees currently enjoy.
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., who is heading up Trump’s transition effort, told a group of donors at a private meeting he is helping compile a list of Obama appointees in executive branch positions at risk of being converted into career employees before the administration leaves office in January. That process, known as “burrowing in,” is legal but requires oversight and approval from the Office of Personnel Management.
To root out potential burrowers, Christie said -- according to Reuters, which first reported the story -- he is recommending Trump immediately work with Congress to change civil service laws. While the governor did not get into specifics, the process would likely mirror Republican efforts already under way to limit or strip entirely federal workers’ due process rights.