Civil Service Protections

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President Bush has said he will veto any bill creating a Homeland Security Department that includes the civil service protections given to many other government workers. Susan Stamberg talks with Paul Light, Director of Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution about the role civil service protections play and what government was like before the civil service merit system came into being in 1888. Light says both Democrats and Republicans feel the system is frighteningly slow and inefficient, but are scared about the alternatives.



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