The Legal Theories at the Heart of Trump’s Order Politicizing the Civil Service

Government Executive: Federal employees and experts in the good government and academic community reacted in shock last month after President Trump signed an executive order undoing more than a century of federal civil service law with the stroke of a pen.

Trump’s directive established a new Schedule F within the excepted service of the federal workforce for employees “in confidential, policy-determining, policy-making or policy-advocating positions” and instructed agencies to identify career civil servants who meet that description and transfer them into the new job classification.

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