WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Accountability, Modernization, and Innovation (CAMI) called this week for the Administration to implement pro-worker policies while supporting the goals of the President’s “Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government.” The letter specifically cites recommendations included in the report from the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment released last month.
The letter supports the Task Force’s goals of supporting pro-worker policies within government and the private sector, and expresses the hope that the recommendations will be implemented in a way that will support and enhance the executive order. CAMI strongly encourages the Administration to consider the consequences of enacting certain recommendations within the report that could have unintended consequences related to the executive order and the objectives of the Biden Administration to improve the citizen experience with, and equitable access to, their government.
In particular, CAMI cited the recommendation to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rescind the previous Administration’s policy guidance in which the Administration stated that references in law to “merit systems employees” was not restricted to public employees; that it could also apply to non-governmental entities that adhere to the merit system principles as defined in 5 USC § 2301. In keeping with the spirit of the CX Executive Order, CAMI believes the guidance should remain.
“CAMI appreciates that the Task Force has incredibly important work in front of it, and applauds the pro-worker focus of the Task Force and the Administration. We urge the Administration to consider the full impact of recommendations included in the report on the executive order by restricting innovation in the delivery of government services and access to talent in an economy where competition for talent is at an all-time high, “ said Stan Soloway, CAMI Chair. “We want to ensure that the Administration does not ignore the broader issues of rescinding this guidance, which will harm, rather than help, the most vulnerable Americans.”
You can read the full letter here.
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