Ronald Sanders, chairman of the Federal Salary Council (FSC), formally resigned from his position Monday, citing objections to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump last week. The order calls for the removal of firing protections usually afforded to certain federal employees.
In a letter confirming his departure, Sanders described the executive order, purportedly about holding federal employees more accountable, as a “smokescreen,” veiling Trump’s true intentions to expand control over federal workers through altered employment protections. He addressed the letter to John McEntee, director of the White House’s presidential personnel office.
“There is some irony in this,” Sanders wrote. “On its surface, the president’s Executive Order purports to serve a legitimate and laudable purpose…that is, to hold career Federal employees ‘more accountable’ for their performance. That is something that I have spent most of my professional life—almost four decades in Federal service (over 20 as a member of the Senior Executive Service)—trying to do.”