IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Sen. Rick Scott in the Washington Times: Public Service Reform Act is needed to make Washington work

June 7, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times to highlight his Public Service Reform Act which will boost the accountability of federal employees and efficiency of the federal government. The Public Service Reform Act ensures that poor-performing employees can’t hide behind bureaucracy and continue to slow down the work of the federal government to serve American taxpayers. It is a disservice to hardworking public servants when their efforts are undermined by a few bad actors entrenched in the federal workforce. Senator Eric Schmitt joined Senator Scott in introducing the legislation in the Senate and Congressman Chip Roy introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives.


In his op-ed, Senator Scott wrote, “I’ve spent my life leading organizations of every shape and size — from a small doughnut shop to America’s largest health care company and then the great state of Florida.


Here’s what will make or break your success every single time: You have to have good people behind you who are mission-focused. If your team isn’t with you, it doesn’t matter how great your ideas are, you’ll fail. That’s bad for a business, and it’s even worse when it happens in government.


While the vast majority of federal employees are good, hardworking people, it takes only a few with bad intentions to gum up policy and bring projects, and even whole agencies, to a grinding halt.


But right now, there’s little that elected leaders can do to stop those who wish to block them from carrying out the vision that the voters elected them to achieve. I’m fighting to change that with the Public Service Reform Act, which would make all executive branch employees at will.


I also think we need to put term limits on unelected bureaucrats. The permanent ruling class in Washington is bankrupting us with inflation and debt, so they must be removed.


Public service is a noble and worthy cause, but outside of critical national security positions, we don’t need people making a career out of government work. That only blocks fresh ideas and sticks us with old thinking, tired and failed policies, and even more red tape.


Americans are tired of the old, dumb and slow way Washington works. It actually doesn’t work at all, and that’s the problem we need to fix. If we want to change Washington so that it actually works for American families, we need to get rid of the failed top-down approach and stop looking the other way while unelected bureaucrats undermine the policies of elected leaders. It’s time to pass the Public Service Reform Act, take power away from Washington’s unelected bureaucracy and give it back to the people — where it belongs.”


Read Senator Scott’s full op-ed in the Washington Times HERE.