WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is taking steps to make it easier to fire federal government workers for misconduct.

Trump signed a series of executive orders Friday directing agencies to make changes his staff says Congress has ignored. The orders call for:

• Negotiating smarter contracts with federal employee unions.

• Renegotiating contracts to limit to 25 percent the amount of time federal employees who are authorized to work on behalf of a labor union can spend on union business during work hours.

The administration says this and other changes could save taxpayers $100 million annually.

• Streamlining the time needed to fire a federal worker for poor performance. It currently takes six months to a year, longer if it is appealed.

“These executive orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used,” said Andrew Bremberg, chief domestic policy adviser.

Labor unions immediately criticized the moves.