House committee reviews bills aimed at fed workforce reform

Six separate bills focused on federal employee reform and policy are being considered by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Federal Times reports.

According to the report on the May 3 committee hearing, the IG Independence and Empowerment Act will give federal Offices of Inspector General more subpoena authority when conducting their internal investigations, while also protecting IGs employment; the Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act and the Federal Employee Access to Information Act would expand federal employee rights to protect against retaliation; and the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Transparency Act and the Presidential Records Preservation Act — are all designed to increase public transparency of the inner-workings of federal agencies.

Each piece of legislation works to increase the protection of government watchdogs and overall transparency in the federal government, the article notes.


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