Dr. Donald J. Devine
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Donald J. Devine was the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management and President Reagan's chief advisor on Federal civil service personnel matters.
The Washington Post labeled Donald Devine Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service” as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during President Reagan’s first term when they cut 100,000 bureaucratic jobs and saved more than $6 billion by reducing bloated benefits.
Before and after his government service he has been an academic, teaching 14 years as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and for a decade as a professor of Western civilization at Bellevue University, following the former president’s entreaty to teach the American heritage to the next generation.
He is currently senior scholar for The Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC, an adjunct scholar at The Heritage Foundation, a writer and editor, policy consultant, and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. Devine is the author of eight books, The Attentive Public, The Political Culture of the United States, Does Freedom Work?, Reagan Electionomics, Reagan's Terrible Swift Sword, Restoring the Tenth Amendment, In Defense of the West, and his most recent, America’s Way Back.
Devine has been a Republican nominee for Congress and for state comptroller.
On Thursday, October 8, 2015 The Heartland Institute celebrated its 31st anniversary with a reception and dinner with speakers at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s featured speakers were author and scholar Dr. Angelo Codevilla and Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison. In addition, we recognized Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service,” Dr. Donald J. Devine, with this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize.