Photo credit: By lev radin Shutterstock ID: 1360758863 April 5, 2019: Democratic Presidential candidate US Senator Kamala Harris speaks during National Action Network 2019 convention at Sheraton Times Square.

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AFGE backs Harris for VP

The largest federal employee union endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for the number two slot on the ticket.

"Senator Harris has been a proven fighter for working people throughout her career," American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley said in a statement.  "She has a strong voting record on the issues that matter to federal and D.C. government employees and to workers across the nation, with past 100% ratings from both AFGE and the AFL-CIO," he added.

In a July 2018 hearing, Harris warned that the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration would "make HR policy for career staff a function of politics."

Harris also lent her name to efforts to put checks on the use of facial recognition technology at properties subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boost election funding aid to states, establish agency bug bounties and crack down on cybersecurity flaws in Defense Department weapons systems.

As a presidential candidate, Harris backed the Digital Service Act of 2019, which would give the head of the U.S. Digital Service the authority to disperse $15 million in grants to states and municipalities to carry out government service delivery projects. The bill also authorizes $50 million in annual funding for USDS to carry out its operations.

Harris also signed on as a co-sponsor of the AI in Government Act, a bill to try to address opportunities and challenges brought by artificial intelligence. The bill would establish a Center of Excellence at GSA to share technical knowledge and conduct research and charge the OPM with creating an occupational category for AI workers. Additionally, the bill tasked agencies with setting up governance plans to push AI while being mindful of civil liberties, privacy and civil rights.

Reader comments

Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Biden and Harris are completely clueless. Both did nothing of importance during their do nothing careers. It is really sad that the democratic party is full of such losers. The only way they made it was through the large contributions made by big pharma, banking and insurance companies to their election campaigns. They now will have to pay back the bankers etc for favors such as Obama did when he extended three years of freezes on federal employees COLAs. Yes the congress and senate went along with this because they are also a collection of lazy do nothing losers.

Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Biden and Harris are nothing more than puppets of the banking and insurance companies. Where do you think they get their election donations from. They have no interest in the hard working civil servants and their protection of wages and benefits. They will continue the Obama era freezes on cost of living increases and will make every attempt to degrade and reduce benefits. They learned this from the Carter, Clinton, Bush Jr, Obama administrations.

Thu, Aug 27, 2020

This individual will make sure civil servants benefits and salaries will be target for reductions. There will be no more COLAs or other beneficial policies. Biden surely had no interest in civil servants in his term as vice president and prior terms representing his state. The only thing he is interested in is Burisma and his son's benefit.

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

The union does not have a right to endorse anyone. We all have a right to our opinion and our choice.

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Ditto Obama and Biden were no friends to federal employees. They froze COLA's for three years and degraded the benefits that civil servants earned. There also was a large increase in age and gender bias in the policies mandated by these individuals. They were more worried about bailing out the banks and insurance companies rather that taking care of talented civil servants. I guess when you live rent free (president and vice president) those life related items are ignored. Endorsement of these individuals will pave way to more civil service degradation. Of course the unions endorse individuals with out much thought to their past performance

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