The House has joined the Senate in passing S-921, to explicitly grant jurisdiction for the government to prosecute criminal conduct targeting federal employees that occurs outside the U.S.
The authority would apply to killing (or attempting to kill) a federal officer or employee; assaulting, kidnapping, or murdering (or threatening to do so, or attempting to kidnap or murder) a family member of certain federal officials to retaliate against or to impede, intimidate, or interfere with the federal official; threatening to assault, kidnap, or murder certain federal officials to retaliate against or to impede, intimidate, or interfere with the federal official; and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees.
Meanwhile, recently introduced bills in Congress include:
* HR-5631, to create a federal wildland firefighter classification series; require a minimum salary of $20 an hour; require that certain health care and mental health services be available to them; improve crediting of such service toward retirement benefits; and create or increase several other benefits.
* S-3099, to make permanent and update the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which since 2011 has set standards for cloud-based storage and other technologies for federal agencies. The measure would set new security standards for determining which products are deemed safe and can receive FedRAMP authorization and would create an interagency committee to improve communication between agencies who use cloud technologies and the companies that provide them, among other steps.