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New Report Calls For Civil Service Reform Overhaul

Contact: Taylor McCarty

New Report Calls For Civil Service Reform Overhaul

Bureaucrats in Washington are putting politics before people

Arlington, VA (March 15, 2017) – Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, many bureaucrats in Washington have been vocal about their resistance to his policies, both publicly and behind the scenes. Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, civil service reform will bring a much needed facelift to the so-called “deep state,” according to a new report, Civil Service Reform for the 21st Century: Restoring Democratic Accountability to the Administrative State, released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Written by Inez Feltscher Stepman and Jarrett Stepman, the report discusses the problem of politically entrenched appointees and calls for “untangling the professional administrative state.”

“The fact is that the nearly three million permanent bureaucrats working for the federal government have enormous power over decisions that affect the lives of Americans across the country,” said Feltscher Stepman, Director of the Education and Workforce Development Task Force at ALEC. “No one should wield that kind of power without being subject to some kind of democratic accountability. They have become an elite political class unto themselves.”

The full report can be found here.

Civil Service Reform for the 21st Century discusses the harmful nature of the elite bureaucratic establishment. The “deep state” does not reflect the cultural shift that voters called for in the 2016 election; instead, it protects these bureaucrats who do not truly represent the will of the American people. With civil service reform, Washington will finally be forced to listen when the people speak.


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