Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Destruction of Federal Agencies by Relocation

Here's a clever way for the current administration to dismantle federal agencies by giving career employees a choice of moving or resigning, from the newsletter What the Fuck Just Happened Today:

  • The Department of Agriculture will relocate 547 employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to an office building in Kansas City. Employees called the move an effort to "eviscerate" the agency and "silence" researchers doing work that runs counter to the administration's goals. The Trump administration claimed the move would save taxpayers money by bringing researchers closer to the farmers they serve. (NBC News)
  • The Interior Department will relocate 81% of its headquarters staff to west of the Rockies by 2020. Trump hasn't nominated a permanent director for Bureau of Land Management after more than two-and-a-half years in office. (Washington Post)

You should be concerned, very concerned about this. Career civil servants keep the government going. In this case, T**** wants to get rid of researchers whose findings might support the existence of global, man-made, climate change.

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