10/14/2005

Daily Kos: Civil Service Employees Must Now Be Approved By Bush Political Appointees

Civil Service Employees Must Now Be Approved By Bush Political Appointees
by Maccabee
Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 12:51:20 PM CDT

It just will not end. Now even a park ranger cannot get a job unless he or she is loyal to Bush and is approved by a Republican political operative. You'd think they've learned something since Katrina.



Washington, DC -- The National Park Service has started using a political loyalty test for picking all its top civil service positions, according to an agency directive released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Under the new order, all mid-level managers and above must also be approved by a Bush administration political appointee.

The October 11, 2005 order issued by NPS Director Fran Mainella requires that the selection criteria for all civil service management slots (Government Service grades or GS-13, 14 and 15) include the "ability to lead employees in achieving the ...Secretary's 4Cs and the President's Management Agenda."

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Loyalty Trumps Competency and it will never end. I mean working in a national forest now requires that you worship Bush like Harriet Miers, as opposed to just knowing what you're doing.

"It is outrageous that park superintendents must swear political loyalty to the Bush agenda and parrot hokey mottos in order to earn a promotion," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. "The merit system is supposed to be about ability, not apple polishing."

The order applies to all hires for park superintendents, assistant superintendents and program managers, such as chief ranger or the head of interpretive or cultural programs. Overall, the policy applies to more than 1,000 mid-level management and supervisory positions in the Park Service.

"Presidents come and go but the civil service is designed to serve whoever occupies the swivel chair in the Oval Office," Ruch added. "It is downright creepy that now every museum curator, supervising scientist and chief ranger must be okayed by a high-level political appointee."

Daily Kos: Civil Service Employees Must Now Be Approved By Bush Political Appointees

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