The House could vote at any time on HR-2131, to direct DHS to standardize its policies on handling employee misconduct and discipline.

Supporters of the bill–which has cleared the committee level and which the CBO has said would impose only minimal costs–say that DHS remains inconsistent in that area, more than a decade after being created out of two dozen prior separate agencies and subcomponents.

The bill would require DHS to develop a baseline table of offenses and penalties to be used for disciplinary actions. Any pre-existing such tables in the components would have to be changed to comply with the standard.

DHS also would have to issue guidance on how employees should report misconduct of others.