Previous Chapter General Government Next Chapter

Edited by: CQ Press

In: Congress and the Nation, 1985-1988, Vol. VII: The 99th and 100th Congresses

Chapter : General Government

Edited by: CQ Press


Subject: Congress

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size

General Government
General government

During President Reagan's second term, deepening conflicts between the White House and Congress extended to much of the legislation affecting federal officeholders, especially on matters of employee benefits and ethics in government.

Reagan's second term began in 1985 with his director of the Office of Personnel Management, Donald J. Devine, seeking the first pay cut for government employees since the Great Depression. Arguing that their pay was too generous, Devine sought to tie it more closely to performance than to seniority.

By the end of the year, Devine was out of office, the victim of his own combative style. His successor, Constance Horner, negotiated a change in the federal merit system that satisfied both the administration and congressional supporters of federal workers. The workers, for ...

Looks like you do not have access to this content.


Don’t know how to login?

Click here for free trial login.

Back to Top

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website