The federal bureaucracy is comprised of about 2.6 million permanent employees protected by Civil Service and about 4,000 political appointees. Many of these bureaucrats are actively engaged in sabotaging President Trump’s agenda.
Political appointees can be fired by the president at will. Permanent Civil Services employees are more difficult to fire.
“Today, the Pendleton Act shields from dismissal, even on legitimate grounds, more than 90 percent of civil servants,” the Federalist reports. But even if they can’t be fired from Civil Service, they can be removed from their current positions.
Here is a list of the top ten holdover Obama loyalist bureaucrats President Trump can either fire immediately or remove from their current positions (civil service).
- John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
- Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director
- John Lansing, CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors
- Amanda Bennett, Voice of America Director
- Kenneth Tota, Acting Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service)
- Anastasia Brown, Acting Deputy Director for Refugee Programs, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service)
- Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
- Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
- Lawrence Bartlett, career official, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
- Elaine Zimmerman, Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region 1, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont (civil service)
Cordray, Lansing, and Bennett could try to fight their terminations, but ultimately, if President Trump wants to get rid of them, they will be gone.
Here’s the case for firing or removing from their current positions these ten Obama administration holdovers:
1. John Koskinen, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner
Koskinen’s term is scheduled to end in November 2017, but President Trump has the authority to accelerate his departure.
“A faction of conservatives is circumventing leadership brass and calling directly on President Trump to tell IRS Chief John Koskinen, ‘You’re fired,’ ” the Washington Examiner reported last month..