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PEER Files Lawsuit to Protect Civil Servants

There is growing concern that a re-elected President Trump will use his power to purge civil servants identified as opponents of his agenda or as members of the so-called “Deep State.” 

In response, last week PEER filed a lawsuit demanding the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) finalize regulations to curb excessive administrative and investigatory leave within 60 days. This step is crucial to protect civil servants from being unfairly sidelined. 

In 2016, Congress passed the Administrative Leave Act to stop the misuse of involuntary leaves, directing OPM to finalize regulations by September 19, 2017.

However, OPM has failed to act. 

Our experience shows that whistleblowers and employees who speak inconvenient truths are often placed on excessive administrative leave, sending a chilling message to others that dissent will not be tolerated. 

Now more than ever, we need a civil service free from undue political influence where dissent is respected. We will keep you updated on our lawsuit and other efforts to safeguard federal employees. 

Thank you for your support.
Tim Whitehouse 

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