There are calls to reform the civil service (Partnership for Public Service), but the existing civil service is not functioning properly. A number of events urges better implementation of the current civil service and caution about further strengthening authority to an unaccountable management class.
Below is a table of several topics that demonstrate that much needs to be improved under the current rules before thinking of moving to new, untested civil service system.
|Civil Service Event||Coverage||Comment|
|Artis v. Bernanke, employment discrimination case at the Federal Reserve Board||https://alexwdc.wordpress.com/?s=artis||18 year duration for this case represents systemic failure.|
|Use of forced distribution at the Federal Reserve Board||https://alexwdc.wordpress.com/?s=federal+reserve|
|Partnership of Public Service argument for civil service reform||https://alexwdc.wordpress.com/?s=partnership||Group envisions economic punishment of no raises (or self-firing) in its format for forced distribution.|
|Merit Systems Protection Board and methods to address so-called poor performance||Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/06/the-top-five-ways-federal-managers-fail-to-fire-their-low-performers/||Poor performance lives in ambiguity; MSPB does not even attempt to define the term used to damage or end careers.|
|Commerce GS-15 manager alleged of several incidents of misconduct||Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/09/02/commerce-official-let-her-kids-watch-porn-on-federal-computers-then-told-investigators-she-saw-nothing-wrong-with-it/||Commerce Office of Inspector General report: https://www.oig.doc.gov/OIGPublications/OIG-14-0153.pdf|
|Fired civil servant who filed complaints with newspaper, his congressional representative and staff, and nonprofit group, shoots and kills security guard and himself||Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/27/federal-employees-and-contractors-face-danger-even-death-just-doing-their-jobs/|
|Diversity and inclusion issues at the federal financial regulatory agencies||https://alexwdc.wordpress.com/?s=diversity||In general, the situation is grim.|
|Non-civil-service event but informative–abusive work environment at Amazon.com.||https://alexwdc.wordpress.com/?s=amazon
The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1ISY0xv
The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1zoKGPy (Supreme Court rules that Amazon does not have to pay employees for time spent in warehouse security lines after end of shift.)