Brownell's Error

August 1956
New Republic;8/13/56, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p4
This article focuses on the some democratic and legal errors pointed out in Attorney General Herbert Brownell's formula for reinstating government employees improperly removed from non-sensitive jobs as security risks. Under the compulsion of a Supreme Court decision, Brownell has announced that formula. On June 11, 1956, the Court ruled that only federal workers in sensitive positions could be discharged under the employee security program as authorized by Congress. Brownell has now decreed that those removed from non-sensitive jobs are entitled to reinstatement with back pay unless more than is months have elapsed without their having filed a claim or instituted legal actions. The error was pointed out in context of non-sensitive jobs. The possibility of reinstatement offered by Brownell, however, may be an illusory one. He already has threatened those who seek to return to their jobs with ouster proceedings under existing civil service rules.


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