How the Accountability Executive Order Affects You

The White House issued several executive orders on May 25, 2018 affecting the management of the federal workforce.

The Executive Order Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles attempts to better hold federal employees accountable for performance and conduct. Additionally, it attempts to streamline disciplinary action in order to help managers be proactive in addressing issues in the office.

The executive order is important for federal managers.  First, the order is a strong signal from the current administration that it wants federal managers to take more proactive and stricter action against poor performers and/or employees who have committed misconduct. This may lead to managers feeling pressure to propose and take more adverse employment actions against the workforce, thereby making them vulnerable to increased allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower reprisal.   Second, these new accountability provisions apply to managers as well.  Therefore, managers may find themselves facing unsubstantiated and unwarranted allegations of wrongdoing or poor performance.

It is too early to know what the implications of the executive orders are going to be for managers in the long term.  What we do know is that having a strong defense can be the best offense for your career and livelihood—and a Professional Liability Insurance policy may be the only thing standing between you and an adverse personnel action.  Having experienced and trusted attorneys on your side, FEDS PLI will provide you with your own personal attorney to advise and defend you when the everyday of responsibilities of your job are questioned. For only $145 a year for federal managers (after the agency reimbursement), FEDS is a vital component to your defense, regardless of the truth of the allegations. To learn more, visit or call 866.955.FEDS today.

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FEDS provides professional liability insurance for the entire federal law enforcement community. For information on your specific exposures, how professional liability insurance protects, or how the FEDS program differs from other insurance programs, visit us on the web at and choose the position or agency that best describes your job and professional responsibilities.

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