United States – Biden administration on Thursday declared final rules geared towards protecting the jobs of the government’s 2.2 million civil workers, as Trump’s Republican enemies intend to replace the thousands of hardline loyalists with him if he has a chance to get back into the White House.

Ensuring Stability and Protection for Civil Servants

The Office of Personnel Management of the U.S. commented that the order aims to clarify the provisions that have long been in place to shield career civil servants from abrupt dismissals, which occurred after the former President attempted to change the rules in his last moments in office, as reported by Reuters.

The 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, annulled that Executive Order, called Schedule F, immediately after he became the President in January 2021. Trump has announced that he will implement the reform in his next term if he is re-elected, and this step would prevent rather than stop him from doing that.

That would help him to get rid of tens of thousands of nonpolitical, career workers and to replace then with his own politically correct minded people who are ready to implement far-right policies and his often quoted “retribution” agenda against those who he sees as their enemies.

Defending Civil Service Integrity

Unions standing up for the public workforce have threatened to take Trump to court if he included in a bill to revoke federal employees’ job protections.

“This final rule honors our 2.2 million career civil servants, helping ensure that people are hired and fired based on merit and that they can carry out their duties based on their expertise and not political loyalty,” said Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja, in a statement.

Senator James Sherk, a domestic policy adviser to former Republican President Trump and co-author of Schedule F, mentioned in his comments filed with OPM that the government bureaucracy weakened the Trump administration’s policy proposals during his administration.

Last year, a couple of judges of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the President can fire government workers and do it himself because he has broad powers.

Historical Context and Legal Framework

OPM emphasized that Congress passed a law in 1883 adopting civil service protections and merit system principles and that federal employees who do not implement lawful instructions, as placed by their superior leaders, can already be disciplined or fired, as reported by Reuters.

“This regulation will work to protect a civil service that implements the laws of the people and protects the rights and benefits of the people against partisan manipulation,” said Democratic U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin.