06.14.18

Senator David Perdue Acts To Clean Up Government, Hold Bureaucrats Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, takes action to hold Department of Defense employees accountable for their work performance through an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.

“In the United States federal government today, it’s virtually impossible to fire bureaucrats who are failing to do their jobs. Right now, it can take up to a year or longer to fire a civilian employee at the Department of Defense, even if they’re not meeting the job requirements. Any business owner knows you need the highest performing staff available, and the DOD should be no different. We’re facing a national security crisis and a $21 trillion debt crisis; we cannot afford to keep employees who don’t do their job. Since President Trump took office, more than 1,550 underperforming bureaucrats have been fired at the VA because of a similar law that was passed last year. It’s time the same approach is applied to the Department of Defense.”

Currently, it can take six months to a year, and sometimes longer, to demote, reassign, or dismiss an employee for poor performance. This provision compresses the timeline for the notice and review of suspension, reassignment, demotion, or removal actions, while maintaining the rights of the employee to review actions against them, have proper representation, and appeal decisions. It also maintains the protection of whistleblower actions that may cause unfair reviews or actions against the individual.

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 Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.