Shouldn't this have been done on Jan. 21st? Obama to Hold Jobs Summit in December
Federal Deficit Sets October Record at $176.4 Billion (That's $176,000,000,000.00 in one month folks. One Month!)
Robert Rubin: The Nexus Of Big Government and Wall Street
Ex-Pa. House speaker among 10 charged in probe
Don't tell them that until after the 2010 elections. The Cost of Victory -- Seeding Defeat in 2010
An Instapundit reader writes about this MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
OPM is now claiming authority to weed out every former political appointee from being considered for ANY federal positions at EVERY level of the GS Pay Scale, for both the competitive AND excepted service – made RETROACTIVE for the past 5 years! (This is a new, extra layer of scrutiny previously reserved for SES hires.) OPM will now check the recommended hires to “ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws.”
It is well established anti-discrimination law in the Federal sector – the public (political appointees included) may not be excluded from consideration for federal jobs because of their political affiliation.
OPM’s alleged rationale is to keep political appointees from “burrowing in,” but agencies would need to have already considered the applicant the best qualified to even reach this new hurdle.
Stated another way, “but for” the applicant having served as a political appointee within the past five years, all agencies would not be required to seek review from OPM for all agency positions. Effectively, the ONLY reason EVERY agency will now be REQUIRED to consult OPM is to “ask permission” to hire a person based on their political affiliation.
Why make the policy retroactive for 5 years? I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Breast Intentions: Don't Fall for Nanny-Staters' Booby Trap
AIG CEO Robert Benmosche Tells Board He Wants to Quit, WSJ Says
U.S. Adviser to Kurds Stands to Reap Oil Profits AND The Other Partner in the Galbraith Oil Scandal AND No Blood For Oil. Well, Unless It Is For Democrats.
A Tale of Two Presidents: The Calm Commander vs. The Cold Fish
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Poll: Dodd approval rating drops
At-risk Democrats defend their tough votes on healthcare reform bill
Face it: The Democratic Party is not for women
Not so fast: N.Y.-23 vote margin narrows AND Rumblings In The Conservative Underdog World
Conservative Resurgence: Election Results Send Shock Waves Through Capitol Hill
Jerry Brown: Acorn, Suspicion and the Rule of Law AND The Hypocrisy of Jerry Brown, California’s Top Cop
NEWLY REVEALED DOCUMENTS Conradict NEA Chairman Landesman
This seems wrong to me, does it seem wrong to you too? Obama uses school dollars to prod states to change AND Department of Education introduces billion-dollar achievement program
Lawmakers lean on Pelosi and Rangel as rum squabble mounts
Obama the Heartthrob: The End of the Affair?
Weaker U.S. Leads to Insecurity in Taiwan
Report: Shuler talked to TVA. Transaction legitimate but created suspicion, inspector general says
Media Matters: ACORN Police Report Good, Gladney Police Report Bad
Did Fox Win the War? AND this well-linked piece - Obama and Fox News: Together Again?
Does Washington Post Columnist Ruth Marcus Not Know What a Tax Is?
Anita Dunn gone – is this the beginning of the night of the long knives? AND Anita Dunn and the Obama White House: Outfoxed
Fort Hood Fable: Media Persists in Painting Jihadist Killer as Victim AND Obama Dances Around the Truth
I had no idea our military personnel couldn't defend themselves on their own military bases! Time to Put An End to Army Bases as Gun-Free Zones
JUNK SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTALISM CORRUPTION
Stone Age humans crossed Sahara in the rain
How Will Cap and Trade Effect You? Not well.
If Cap and Trade Doesn't Work, Obama will Make it Work
Global Warming Has Brought on A New Ice Age!
Climate bill advocates want to see President Obama in Copenhagen But it's not like he'll stand out or anything - Denmark invites 191 leaders to UN climate talks
Climate bill critics battle over costs
Climate change 'sceptic' Ian Plimer argues CO2 is not causing global warming
Church bells to ring out warning on climate change Great. Now we've got noise pollution too.
How Sweeping Are the ‘Global Warming’ Bills?
BWAHAHAHAHA! Gore Media Company Current Media Cuts 80 Jobs (sorry)
Undercover Video: University Political Officials shut down Gulag Memorial
Lionel McIntyre assaults woman, English language
Should J-Students Work For The Defense?
Wedded to vitriol, backers of gay marriage stumble
CIA Clash: The Left Assaults Langley--Again
Collective Amnesia: 20 Years After Defeating Communism, Where's the Celebration?
The Oprah-Palin Interview Teaser
A Message for All of America's Veterans
Who I Met at the Tea Party: A Veterans Day Tribute
Anyone who runs against Reid is fighting corruption. Lowden Shows Up Nevada
Among Registered Voters, Republicans Now Outnumber Democrats
Here We Go Again: Rostenkowski, Health Care and the Original Town-Hall Protest
Republican Lawmakers Encourage Health Care Protests at Planned Town Halls. Republican lawmakers are holding town halls in the next two weeks to rally opposition to President Obama's sweeping health care legislation that narrowly passed the House last weekend.
Republican's exit could clear the way for Tea Party vs. GOP incumbent Bennett
Happy Birthday Morton Blackwell!
Sarkozy: No Place for Burqas in France