In 1883, two years before the first gasoline-powered automobile and six years before the White House had
electric lights, the U.S. Civil Service laws were written.
(14) Not only is the civil service system old, our
first report called it "elaborate, complex, and over-regulated, preventing agencies and their managers,
employees, and unions from designing effective and mission-supporting human resource management
programs." No one argued with us about that.
"Filling out the prescribed government job application |
discourage a lot of people. For many, it was
their first dose of red
tape. It was almost like saying to
somebody who wanted to work for
the federal government,
Welcome to the fun house'."
| - Vice President Al Gore, in a speech|
to the Office of Personnel Management
We have done what we could to fix it. We have done quite a bit.