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Ryan Zinke Announces FEAR Act as First Piece of Legislation
- Create a clear pathway to remove government employees for cause
- Cap the number of years a person can work for the federal government (non-military, non-law enforcement)
- Cap government salaries so no government employee, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, can make more than the President of the United States
- Eliminate preferred hiring practices for non-veteran government employees and eliminate expedited agency-to-agency hiring which allows managers to fill jobs with their unqualified friends
- Prevent political appointees from “burrowing in” to career government employee positions
- Require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to electronically post salaries and titles of all political appointees every quarter
- Create a pathway to downsize the federal government through attrition, defunding, and repealing recent actions to expand the IRS and DOJ
- Create an automatic trigger law stripping current and former federal government employees of their benefits if they are convicted of violent or federal crimes or any crimes they are able to commit because of access to victims or information from their employment
- Require certain federal agencies to relocate out of the Washington, D.C. metro area and closer to the customers they serve
- Require the General Services Administration (GSA) to sell unused office buildings in certain oversaturated urban centers like Washington, DC, Denver and San Francisco
- Senator Steve Daines has been working for years to address the issue of convicted felons receiving federal pensions. He introduced the “Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act,” but his efforts are blocked by Democrats beholden to white collar government unions. (See additional background)
- In 2017 then-Secretary Ryan Zinke introduced a budget plan to eliminate roughly 4,000 employees from the Department of the Interior through attrition and was sharply criticized by DC media and deep state insiders.
- As Secretary, Zinke fired or removed two dozen employees for sexual harassment, discrimination or other inappropriate behavior as government employees
- In 2017, then-Secretary Zinke announced the Bureau of Land Management would move HQ out of DC to a western state with significant BLM managed lands. In 2019, BLM HQ was moved to Grand Junction, CO, located in Mesa County which is 62% federal land. The move was cheered by westerners who live with the BLM in their communities.
- In 2018, Zinke announced the U.S. Geological Survey would relocate much of its mineral labs and scientists to Golden, CO.