Let’s start with the budget proposal – $3.6 Trillion in Cuts. The response has of course been shock and outrage from the establishment.
To give an example of what the Trump administration is going after, here is a list of 11 unauthorized programs being eliminated. Most expired years ago but kept getting funded.
So what did the bureaucrats in the EPA do when the Trump budget proposed cutting their budget by 36%? They started putting aside money for buyouts!
The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained emails that show Chemical Safety Board (CSB) member Rick Engler worked with union activists to promote a grassroots campaign to keep the agency from losing its funding.
President Donald Trump’s “skinny” budget, released in March, called for eliminating the CSB, which began operating in 1998. Engler and labor union activists quickly worked to try and protect the board’s nearly $12 million budget.
Engler’s emails further raise concerns about the CSB’s impartiality. E&E News obtained emails in September, which showed Engler working with the Steelworkers union to push new regulations for refineries in California.
If you read the article – it gets worse:
In recent years, the board has become more controversial.
Former CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso resigned in 2015 amid accusations of mismanagement and mistreatment of whistleblowers.
House lawmakers called for Moure-Eraso’s resignation in 2015 after evidence surfaced that he and two other officials used private email accounts to conduct official business. The White House forced Moure-Eraso to resign.
His successor, Vanessa Allen Sutherland, “implemented initiatives to improve employee morale by creating an environment to encourage open communication,” the EPA’s inspector general found in 2016, though more work was needed to be done.
Engler’s email scandal, exposing his coordination with activists, only added to CSB’s controversial standing. Some say the board has become a tool of labor unions to scrutinize industry.
Concerns mounted after E&E News obtained emails that called into question Engler’s relationship with the United Steelworkers union. Experts said the email likely violated federal law.
In a February 2016 email, Engler told California regulators he was “working with the United Steelworkers and some allied environmental organizations” to “encourage further public support for the California refinery safety reforms, which is consistent with the CSB’s support for this initiative.”
E&E News also obtained emails showing how Engler worked with union officials to derail the nomination of a CSB rival.
Remember when Donald Trump fired a corrupt VA official? He filed an appeal with some garbage board set up for Public employees, AND IS STILL ON THE JOB!
A notoriously corrupt Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) manager fired in the first day of President Donald Trump’s presidency — to rousing acclaim from veterans who heralded it as a sign of lasting reform — has been returned to work by VA officials after he filed a civil-service protections appeal.
The return of the Puerto Rico hospital director is the latest example of Trump’s reform efforts encountering the entrenchment of what he has called Washington’s swamp, and comes in the same month a court ruled that the VA may not even be able to fire the Phoenix hospital director, who is a convicted felon as a result of job-related misconduct.
“On the morning of January 20, 2017, the Department removed DeWayne Hamlin, the director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, from the federal civil service. Mr. Hamlin subsequently appealed his removal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and because of particulars in his case that remains under active litigation, he was brought back to work at VA,” spokesman James Hutton told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“As we have underscored since January 20, President Trump and Secretary [David] Shulkin have made employee accountability at VA a top priority, and we will continue to take appropriate disciplinary actions with our employees. The Secretary in this case was not able to overturn this decision once he was made aware of it. We need this ability in new legislation.”
James Runcie, an Obama administration appointee who served as chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office, received secret, five-figure bonuses each year while his office gave out billions in improper payments, Judicial Watch reported, citing sources inside the Education Department.
While Runcie ran the FSA, the government’s $1.4 trillion financial aid program, the office made improper payments for the federal Pell Grant program, which ballooned from $562 million in 2015 to $2.21 billion in 2016, and for the Federal Direct Loan program, which increased from $1.28 billion in 2015 to $3.86 billion in 2016.
A government source told Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, that Runcie’s personnel file showed a total of $432,885 in bonuses over a seven-year period, culminating in a $76,000 bonus in 2016. The bonuses do not appear on Runcie’s official government salaries.
Runcie resigned last month after DeVos asked him to testify before Congress on the rising rate of improper payments in student aid, BuzzFeedreported. The resignation came the day before DeVos was set to testify about President Trump’s proposed federal budget.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to be accountable as chief operating officer given the risk associated with the current environment at the [Education] Department,” Runcie wrote in his resignation memo.
When Donald Trump Talked about Draining the Swamp, few knew what would start popping out.