It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. One hundred federal employees have signed up for a class explaining their rights and explaining how to commit civil disobedience on the job. Now, wait a minute. If you are in the private sector and go against your boss, you are out of the private sector job in about 2 minutes. I see no reason why federal employees should get special treatment.
A Justice Department employee who works in the division that gives grants to nonprofits fighting sex crimes and domestic violence told the Washington Post that the office plans to slow down its work as well as file complaints with the inspector general’s office should they be asked to provide grants outside of the office’s mission.
“You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” the employee said. “People here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable,” including through internal complaints and leaks to reporters.
Some federal employees already showed signs of resistance after the Trump administration implemented a gag order — which has been lifted — that restricted certain agencies from providing information to reporters or posting about the agencies on social media. This order included the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Despite orders to the contrary, the Badlands National Park sent out a series of fake news tweets about the global warming hoax. They were later deleted from the web site.
These federal employees should have been paying attention to the firing of Sally Yates. It was more than just firing an acting head, it was a shot across the bow to all employees that if they think they can get away with sabotaging his work. They cannot claim whistle blower status because they aren’t revealing any secrets. Donald Trump is straight forward in what he wants to do. Even in the public sector, it’s not wise to try to backstab the boss.