Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector, examines the Office of Personnel Management’s new policy for implementing the workforce executive orders, and what the new Democratic House majority means for the federal workforce.
An order from Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Margaret Weichert says that while several provisions from the Trump administration’s workforce executive orders have been struck down by courts, agencies should still abide by the orders as they see fit. Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector says that this guidance purposefully skirts the court’s ruling. “I think generally they said that agencies have responsibility to engage with labor unions to enter into collective bargaining agreements that include those things that are stayed by the court. Basically, her guidance is saying ‘you’ve still got a responsibility to negotiate those things that were in the executive orders even though the specific umbrellas have been stayed,’” Shea said. “If you were going to do it anyway, and if doing it anyway is what you think is consistent to accomplish the mission in an effective manner, you should still go ahead and do that.”