President Trump’s Schedule F executive order, which I shepherded, eliminated job protections for policy-influencing federal employees. President Biden rescinded it, but it could—and should—be reissued by another president.
Career employees fill almost all federal jobs. Only 4,000 of the 2.2 million federal employees are political appointees. Career federal employees consequently do almost all the work of government. In theory, these career employees should be nonpartisan experts who neutrally implement elected officials’ policies. But in reality they have their own political views and policy preferences.