Congressman Jody Hice

Newly introduced legislation would make feds’ bonuses, pensions public

A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation that aims to make federal employees’ bonuses and pensions transparent.

The Federal Employee Disclosure (FED) Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Jody Hice (R), would make all federal employee bonuses publicly available and require the disclosure of federal pension records. It would also require agencies to report any performance-based bonuses over $10,000 to Congress.

“Through the FED Transparency Act, federal agencies will no longer be allowed to operate without sufficient scrutiny or oversight of payroll practices, making spending data more reliable and accessible,” Hice said in a news release.

According to Jason Pye, the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, federal pensions are $3.5 trillion unfunded liability to taxpayers and roughly $1.1 billion is handed out in the form of bonuses to federal employees.

“Pension records are hidden from public view, leaving taxpayers in the dark on how much someone like disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner may receive in pension benefits,” he said.

The bill would require that Congress be given an explanation as to why bonus are awarded.

“Taxpayers have a right to know this information, and the FED Transparency Act would shed light where it’s sorely needed,” Pye added.

View the bill here.

Reader comments

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

Congress, senate and political appointed minions consider themselves elite and should not follow simple civil service regulations. This is why a term limit and a reduction of 90% in salary and benefits should be enacted so that these minions do not make a career out of bilking the tax payers.

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

Rep. Jody Hice (R) time to show what you get over and under the table; your free meals from lobbyists and special interest groups; the amount of election money you funnel to your overseas accounts and cronies. By the way will you disclose the costs of your meals and first class trips under the disguise of a fact finding mission. How many EEO cases did you settle with tax payer allocated funds. What about your income tax documents and your real estate holdings.

Tue, May 28, 2019 Hinterlands

Why don't we start by showing how much Congressman Hice's personal stake in receiving lobbyist's donations are? Then, how much unannounced "help" he receives from various sources in his re-election efforts? Like many other Repubs, he is so much for clarity and openness in other peoples business, while loudly proclaiming that his business is his own private affair. Easy to see where we are headed as a nation, if the current trends continue.

Fri, May 24, 2019

This is personal financial information that will mostly benefit criminals trying to scam people out of their money. Very bad idea.

Fri, May 24, 2019 Gus Chicago

Mr. Hice, there is currently a web site that shows this info. I'm a federal employee and I found it.

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