Ensuring the Accountability of the Federal Civil Service—An Urgent Call to Action

In a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of several key congressional committees (like the House and Senate Armed Services Committees), the five authors, all former senior leaders in national security (in alphabetical order, CIA Director Mike Hayden, DHS Deputy Secretary Jim Loy, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, Deputy Secretary of State AMB John Negroponte, and Navy Secretary Sean O’Keefe) argue that a resurrected Schedule F could harm our country, and they propose a ‘third way’ that can ensure greater accountability amongst civil servants, while still protecting them from partisan political influence.