In an attempt to address the massive federal bureaucracy, former President Donald Trump has revealed plans to implement a civil service test for all federal employees. As part of his Agenda 47 campaign policies, Trump aims to restore an understanding of the constitutional framework for limited government, as well as shrink the size and scope of the federal government.
In a recent campaign video, Trump stated, “I will require every federal employee to pass a new civil service test, demonstrating an understanding of our constitutional limited government.” This proposed civil service test would include critical topics such as due process rights, equal protection, free speech, religious liberty, federalism, and Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
#Agenda47: President Donald J. Trump will liberate America from Joe Biden’s wasteful and job-killing regulatory onslaught and reign in the out-of-control bureaucracy in Washington, D.C.
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) April 14, 2023
As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government has been an ongoing concern for those seeking to limit bureaucracy and eliminate wasteful practices. Trump’s proposal reflects his commitment to “clean the swamp” and bring efficiency to a bloated system.
Moreover, Trump also plans to reinstate his successful executive order, which mandates that two old regulations must be eliminated for every new regulation. The former president is also calling on Congress to make this order permanent. This measure, along with a hard cap on the cost of regulations to the U.S. economy, aims to promote fiscal responsibility and curtail government overreach.
In addition to these policies, Trump proposes aggressive cost-reduction targets for each federal department, highlighting his intention to make the federal government leaner and more efficient. The former president stated, “Instead of growing the size and scope of the federal government…we will shrink it every year with aggressive cost-reduction targets for each federal department.”
Trump’s plan also addresses the need for transparency and accountability in the regulatory process. By posting the regulations of each federal department in a central database and rendering many of them null and void, the proposed policies would remove the influence of “rogue bureaucrats” and allow for proper oversight.
By requiring federal employees to pass a civil service test, Trump aims to place “unelected bureaucrats back in their place” and liberate the U.S. economy. His supporters argue that these measures will attract millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to American shores, while detractors may question whether a test alone can sufficiently reform the system.
Trump’s Agenda 47 policies resonate with Americans who value limited government, individual rights, and a streamlined bureaucracy. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the former president’s bold plans continue to capture attention and fuel the debate over the proper role and size of the federal government.