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Dozens of Ex-OMB Officials Condemn Effort to Politicize Most of Agency’s Career Workforce

Former high-ranking career staffers and political appointees sign joint statement urging rejection of proposal to reclassify almost 90 percent of OMB employees.

On Tuesday, a group of former Office of Management and Budget officials issued a joint statement on proposed career employee reclassifications at OMB.

They expressed “great concern about reports that up to 88 percent of staff positions at OMB could be classified as Schedule F appointees, making their incumbents subject to removal or appointment at will by political leadership.” Such a move would, they said, “fundamentally damage one of the central institutions of our government, and would harm the ability of the Biden administration and any future administration of either party to govern effectively.”

The signers of the statement recommended that the Office of Personnel Management reject OMB’s request for redesignation of the positions.

Read the full text of the statement here.