The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved several management-focused bills, clearing them for consideration by the full Senate. These include:
S-1099, to require that the government look for patterns of misuse in travel and purchase charge cards across all agencies and that agencies share best practices to prevent misuse and to identify potential cost savings.
S-1088, to allow more collection of voluntary feedback from the public including on customer experiences, and set guidelines for how agencies could solicit and use that information.
S-696, to bar employees who commit misconduct that could lead to a suspension or stronger disciplinary action from eligibility for various types of monetary awards for five years, and similarly require repayment of awards already paid if a violation is found later.
S-842, to bar agencies from requesting criminal history information from applicants until they reach the conditional offer stage, with certain exceptions, generally putting into law a policy issued by the Obama administration.
S-595, to speed up hiring at Customs and Border Protection by waiving polygraph requirements for job applicants with certain law enforcement or military experience.
S-760, to require that certain government data be put in formats readily accessible to the public and to increase the availability of data online.