Oct 25, 2020
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would create a new classification of “policy-making” federal employees. It's arguably the biggest effort in history to change more than 100 years of government policy promoting professional expertise in government. The EO has been roundly criticized by governance experts, employee groups and lawmakers, with many saying it could have far-reaching consequences on the federal workforce and the way government is executed.
Robert Shea is a National Managing Principal, Public Policy Grant Thornton and a National Academy of Public Administration fellow. He previously served for six years as the associate director for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and as senior management counsel for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He joined GovExec Daily to discuss the executive order’s impact on the federal civil service and on government, as a whole.