January 16th – Monday

Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. – Ephesians 5:10

140 years ago today, Congress established the U.S. Civil Service with the passage of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. The goal of this measure was to ensure that the growing number of federal government employees would be selected based on merit rather than political relationships. The Civil Service existed until 1978, when it was dissolved with the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act in response to the Watergate scandal. The responsibilities of the Service are now split between the Office of Personnel Management, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Considering the multitude of roles in government today, ask that God would guide these oversight agencies to maintain fair and honest staffing practices.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the director and staff of the Office of Personnel Management to seek God’s wisdom in performing their duties.
  • For the chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority as he oversees the relationship between the federal government and its workers.

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