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  •  Fix for the future: eliminate burrowing (15+ / 0-)

    It won't help with the current mess, but Congress can keep this from ever happening again by two minor changes to civil service law.

    Change # 1 - Time spent as a political appointee must NOT count toward the probationary period for any future career position.

    Change # 2 - The probationary period for anyone who enters the civil service at GS-13 or above should be increased from one year to three years.  This will catch essentially all "burrowing-in" types (I've never seen a political lower than GS-13, and they're usually GS-15s if they aren't SES).

    The idea is to ensure that any would-be burrowers are still in their probationary period when a new administration comes in.  Feds in their probationary period are "at will" employees, without the usual protections under civil service law. Easy to get rid of.

    •  We don't need more (0+ / 0-)

      stinkin' laws--just fire them.

      Bush's presidency is now inextricably yoked to the policies of aggression and subjugation. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 06:04:30 PM PST

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    •  GS-12s can damage if they R is 13 type positions (0+ / 0-)

      80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

      by Churchill on Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 06:45:18 PM PST

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      •  Never seen a political who'd take a 12. (0+ / 0-)

        Lowest graded "Schedule C" employee I've ever seen was a 13, and those were idealistic young folks in the Clinton administration. Politicals are 15s more often than not.

        I find it real hard to picture a Bushie accepting the lowly status and salary of a GS-12. ALso, 12s are go-out-and-do-something positions, not policy setting. (So are almost all 13s, for that matter).

    •  This is dead on (0+ / 0-)

      This is THE fix to the problem.  Probationers can be fired at will.

      Of course, it's useful to keep in mind that we might be trying to use the same tactics come 2012 or 2016 ...

      •  Very accurate description.... (0+ / 0-)

        That is exactly what we should do.  In the mean time, since we can't do that retroactively, eliminate all the positions held by troublemakers, and establish new posts if we really needed some of their jobs done.

        If impeachment were easier we wouldn't have to bother, since all these high-level positions are 'officers' of the government subject to impeachment.  That was the originally intended fix for all this.....

        -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

        by neroden on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 09:38:24 PM PST

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