In today’s Federal Newscast, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee bill would create stronger laws to prevent political appointees from becoming career federal employees.
The Office of Personnel Management is expanding the variety of political conversations that must receive its permission before a new appointment to a civil service job begins.
From reauthorization and reorganizations of the Homeland Security Department to whistleblower protections, security clearances and burrowing, these bills are worth keeping an eye on as the Senate debates, amends and votes on them.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the details of Leandra English’s move from a political post at the Office of Personnel Management to a career role at CFPB towards the end of the Obama administration.
Longer probationary periods for employees in the competitive service and Senior Executive Service are among the many topics the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider this week.
Critics say burrowing is not based on merit, and is a way for an administration to leave its sympathizers in place for years after it is gone.
For some folks, the idea of a ban on burrowing makes a lot of sense. The problem is that solving one problem creates another.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to “burrow in” to career positions.
About 4,000 political appointees will leave the Obama administration in the next nine weeks. While conversations over policy, budget and organizational structure will take center stage, questions about your pay and benefits may not. Federal News Radio reviewed the Office of Personnel Management’s transition guide in search of the answers.