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Michael Rigas, deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, discusses implementing the president’s workforce executive orders, and why it’s important to make firing federal workers easier for managers.

A federal court says that the Trump administration can go forward with their workforce executive orders designed to make firing federal employees easier for management. Michael Rigas, deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, says that the new rules were developed in response to employee feedback.


“This is in response to agencies working hard to try to effectively and efficiently execute on their missions. It is also in response to what federal employees themselves are saying. If you look at the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey which OPM conducts every year, one of the lowest scores, if not the lowest on all the questions conducted by the survey is, ‘my agency or work group does enough to deal with poor performing who cannot or will not perform their duties,’” Rigas said. “Only 32 percent of federal employees think that agencies are taking appropriate action to deal with poor performing employees. That means more than two thirds of the employees think not enough is being done. This is really an effort to address that.”

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