White House Issues Three Workforce Executive Orders

Late last week, the Trump Administration released three new executive orders aimed at various functions of the federal workforce. 

These orders notably include applying measures contained within 2017’s Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to the entire government.

The first executive order limits the opportunity period for federal employees to demonstrate acceptable performance, does away with the use of progressive discipline, removes suspension as a suitable replacement when removal is appropriate, and asks that agencies issue decisions on proposed removals within 15 days of the end of the employee reply period. The order also encourages the use of probationary periods, encourages that performance be prioritized over length of service, and orders agencies, “to the extent practicable” to “limit the written notice of adverse action to the 30 days prescribed in…title 5.”

The second executive order “limits to 25% the amount of time a federal employee can spend each year on union activities.”

The third order “directs federal agencies to renegotiate union contracts” and “contemplates that agreements can be reached in less than one year.”

The full text of each executive order is available here:

Executive Order Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining

Executive Order Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use

Executive Order Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles

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