Perspective | Is Trump joking about ‘strengthening the federal workforce’?

The Washington Post: President Trump and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, must have been in a jocular mood Monday when they issued their fiscal 2019 budget appendix titled “Strengthening the Federal Workforce.”

It could have just as easily been called “Picking the Pockets of Federal Employees.”

The section begins benignly enough, noting many important services federal workers provide. Improved hiring procedures, as the administration wants, would strengthen the workforce. But the central thought in Trump’s plan to improve an “increasingly incomprehensible and unmanageable civil service system” is firing feds faster.

While his civil service reform ideas are vague, Trump’s plan on federal compensation is clear — cut it.

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