Does anyone really think that the incoming DoE Secretary won't get these names? Does anyone really think that he won't get the names of everyone who, say, worked on anything to do with the Paris Climate Accords? Does anyone really think that he won't get the names of anyone who, say, went to Paris on DoE time and expense for the Climate Accord meeting?
But that isn't the avenue of attack here. What is going to be identified is the committee memberships that are involved. That's because bureaucrats are incredibly risk adverse, and so they essentially become herd animals. The herds are called "committees", and like the wildebeest on the African savannah the committee provides protection to the individual bureaucrat:
The Trump team seems to be determined to attack the entrenched bureaucracy, in a way that I can't remember seeing before. What is interesting is that the new paradigm is very different from the old:
Old Paradigm: The country wants the government to function and to perform its tasks efficiently. The bureaucracy wins this game because while the old committees can be abolished, the new Administration cannot succeed without setting up new committees to make the Agency function. If the Agency employees don't want to play along, the new committees will fail to work well, and the new Administration will fail at making the government work. Advantage: entrenched bureaucracy.
New Paradigm: The country doesn't give a fat rat's derriere whether the government works well or not, because a plurality or majority of the country thinks that government is the problem, not the solution. A non-trivial portion of the country may think that the Agency has been politicized and is aggressively implementing policies that the citizens don't agree with. In this case, all the new Administration needs to do is eliminate the committees that are not desired, and the Agency will grind to a halt on the activities that are politically unpopular with the country. No need to replace them and make them work, just gum up the works. Advantage: new Administration.
It doesn't seem like anyone even needs to lose their jobs, just be made powerless and irrelevant. I am quite keen to see how this plays out, but the current people at the DoE should not be optimistic of the outcome.