The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is set to approve several federal workplace-related bills, including one (HR-135) previously passed by the House designed to strengthen the management of agency EEO programs.
The measure would require that such offices operate independently of agencies’ human resources and general counsel offices and that the head of each agency EEO program report directly to the head of the agency; require agencies to more fully track and publicly report on EEO complaints, including on discipline against those found to have taken a discriminatory action; and prohibit any forms, policies, or agreements that seek to prevent an employee from disclosing waste, fraud, or abuse to Congress, the Office of Special Counsel or to an inspector general.
Other bills include:
* HR-2066, also already passed by the House, to create an internal rotation program at DHS for analysts and others in intelligence positions.
* S-1363, to better coordinate adoption by agencies of artificial intelligence technologies by creating an AI Center of Excellence in the GSA; require the OMB to issue policy guidance requiring agencies to create their own implementation plans; and require OPM to report on the key skills needed for positions related to AI and establish new occupational series, or revise existing ones, for such duties.
* S-2618, to expand the authority of agency IGs to direct bonuses of up to $10,000 to be paid to federal employees who identify waste, fraud or mismanagement of funds or who identify surplus or unneeded funds.