Dec. 9, 2016
Trump Transition Team Asks Disturbing Questions About Civil Service Employees
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Note: Today, PoliticoPro reported on a questionnaire authored by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, which asks the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the names of civil service employees and contractors who worked on the Obama administration’s climate change initiatives. “The questionnaire asks for a list of DOE workers who attended any United Nations climate change conferences in the last five years. It also requests the list of those who attended any of the interagency working groups that have crafted a ‘social cost of carbon,’ which several Obama administration agencies have used to help justify some regulations.”
This questionnaire is deeply disturbing, as it suggests the Trump administration plans a witch-hunt for civil servants who’ve simply been doing their jobs. Democrats and Republicans alike should unite to condemn any action that intimidates, threatens or retaliates against civil servants for lawfully doing their jobs.