A bill has been offered HR-7095 in the House to put into law executive orders issued during the Trump administration which that administration intended as the backbone of its approach to federal employee rights, but which President Biden revoked within days of taking office last year.
A set of three 2018 orders would have given management a stronger hand in disciplinary matters, limited the scope of bargaining and the availability of official time, while a 2020 order would have created a new excepted service “Schedule F” that would have revoked civil service protections from potentially thousands of career federal positions involved with policy matters.
The measure is unlikely to advance in the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, which already has approved a bill (HR-302) to put into law a ban against any future excepted service category similar to Schedule F.
In addition to canceling the prior executive orders, the Biden administration has moved to repeal the implementing rules that had been issued in late 2020 regarding the disciplinary and union-related policies but that had been applied little if at all before the change in administrations. Some agencies had begun the process of identifying positions that might fall under a Schedule F but none apparently were converted before that change.