Coalition Letter: Now is the time to pass the MERIT Act

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October 16, 2018
Washington, DC

Conservatives have long advocated for reform of our civil service to address a system plagued with inefficiency and abuse. Currently, managers within the federal government struggle to fire underperforming employees. This is no more evident than by the public sector firing rate of 3.37% and the private sector firing rate of 17.27%. America needs across the board civil service reform.

The Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation Act of 2017 (MERIT Act), has been introduced in both the Senate and the House to address these critical issues.

The MERIT Act takes the successful model implemented to reform the Veteran’s Administration, and applies it across the federal government. The bill creates a new process for the head of an agency to remove employees from the civil service for poor performance or misconduct, establishing a practical timeline of 7-21 days for the employee to receive notice, retaining the ability to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board, setting a timeline of a maximum of 30 days for responding to appeals, and creating additional Congressional reporting requirements for the Merit Systems Protection Board when decisions are delayed.

It is more important than ever that Congress commit to quick consideration of this measure, particularly as unelected bureaucrats continue to boldly undermine President Trump. Poor performers–and those who seek to subvert the will of the administration under which they serve–should be held accountable.

We urge the quick consideration and passage of the MERIT Act to improve government efficiency, streamline effective delivery of services, and ensure accountability across the government.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action

Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan

Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Former White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

The Honorable Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
President
Senate Conservatives Fund

Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP

William L. Walton
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action for America

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Jim DeMint
United States Senate
Former Member, South Carolina

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee

Lisa B. Nelson
President & CEO
ALEC Action

The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth

Ginni Thomas
President
Liberty Consulting

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan

The Honorable Donald Devine
Former Director
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The Honorable Charles J. Cooper
Former Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

The Honorable Donald P. Hodel
Former Secretary of Energy
Former Secretary of Interior

The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Kevin Freeman
Host
Economic War Room

Heather R. Higgins
President
Independent Women’s Voice

Floyd Brown
Chairman
Western Center for Journalism

Quin Hillyer
Veteran conservative columnist

Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness

Lou Cordia
Executive Director
Reagan Alumni Association

Eric Georgatos
President
“America, Can We Talk?” Multimedia Platform

Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government

Bailey Amaral
Director
The Windrose Project

Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications

Tom Schatz
President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Bob Carlstrom
President
The Carlstrom Group, LLC

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute

The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express

Kirk Uhler
Executive Director
National Tax Limitation Committee

Tom Giovanetti
President
Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)

Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC

Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group

Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)
President Emeritus
Civitas Institute

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Sean Noble
President
American Encore

Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum

Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand, LLC

Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus

The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State House

Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications

Dr. Frank Wright
CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Donna Hearne
CEO
The Constitutional Coalition

Nick Logan
CEO
Cornerstone Payment Systems

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center

Randy M. Long
CEO
Long Business Advisors, LLC

Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

Mark A. Bloom
President
TekGeologik LLC

Darrel Johnson
President
Attic Corp

Craig Dance
President
Champion Coach

Dan Weber
President and Founder
AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens

John M. Cragg
Executive Director
Long Island Youth Mentoring

Melvin Adams
Former President
Renewanation

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan’s Chief Defense and Space Negotiator and Former SDI Director
High Frontier

Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins

Barry Meguiar
Founder/President
IgniteAmerica/Revival Outside the Walls

The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action

Anthony Saliba
Director
Fortify Technologies

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

John F. Tate
President
America’s Liberty PAC

Olivia Brown
Student
Arizona Christian University

Nancy Schulze
Founder
Women Impacting America

Ron Pearson
Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation

Norm Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty

James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

William H. Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group

Ralph Benko
Columnist

Dr. Rick Scarborough
Founder
Vision America Action

Khadine L. Ritter
Chairman
Eagle Forum of Ohio

Frank J. Gaffney
President and CEO
Center for Security Policy

Alan P. Dye
Partner
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean

Brian Glicklich
CEO
Brace Digital Strategy

The Honorable Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

Dr. Russell J. Kilpatrick
Physician
USAF (Ret)

Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
American Family Association

Paul Liberman
Executive Director
Alliance for Israel Advocacy

Jeffrey Mazzella
President
Center for Individual Freedom

William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action

Martha Boneta
President
VCS

Jeremy Cerone
CEO
EliteSafe Inc.

Derek McCoy
Executive Vice President
Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Caroline C. Lewis
Owner
Percipio Communications

Reginald Mark Gill
Author & Entrepreneur

Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group

James Hansberger
Chairman
Legal Immigrants for America

Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America

The Honorable Belden Bell
Co-Chair Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation

Matt Mackowiak
Executive Director
Fight For Tomorrow

Rebecca Hagelin
Secretary
Council for National Policy

Jason Jones
President
Movie To Movement

Charlie Gerow
CEO
Quantum Communications

George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom

James N. Clymer
Former National Chairman
Constitution Party National Committee

 

 

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