He and his people left things undone and mess….
A Real Estate guy from New York City, who never had much staff, ran against government for 4 years which was his natural enemy in business…
“They’re going to have the traditional challenge of transition, but now they’ll have to address the institutional damage,” Max Stier, president and chief executive of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, said of the Biden team.
“You had a president who went to war with his own workforce,” Stier added. “It’s not like you flip a switch and the loss of expertise and harm to morale reverse themselves.”
Looking across the agencies, Stier and other experts on the federal government see symptoms of the damaged bureaucracy: Key jobs are unfilled, talent has departed, departments were politicized, and morale was harmed. Civil servants have hunkered in a defensive crouch as Trump and his allies demanded political loyalty, tested their professionalism and called them the intransigent “deep state.”
“The more time I spend in DC at the start of this Administration, the more I see what the career civil servants were forced to endure these last 4 years,” Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser for Biden’s coronavirusresponse, wrote on Twitter recently, praising the “quiet heroism” of the federal workforce….
Biden is working to buck up the career officials who are now part of his administration — but that he says work for the country, not him.
“I believe in you. We need you badly,” Biden told diplomats at the State Department on Thursday. “And I’m going to have your back — that, I promise you — just like you’re going to have the backs of the American people.”
Good-government groups have advised the new administration to consider launching a broad effort to rehire civil servants who left or were forced out during the past four years, particularly those with hard-to-replace expertise in their fields.
A senior Biden aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss information obtained during the federal transition, said the rebuilding of the federal government will be more extensive than anticipated. “We knew the house we had to rebuild was on a little bit of shaky ground,” the aide said. “We realized that it is just a house that is in disrepair.”…