Federal Manager's Daily Report

The House has passed, as among its first priorities in the new Congress, several federal agency management-related bills that had made some progress but that fell short of enactment in the prior Congress. These include:

HR-21, to formally establish in law an office in GSA responsible for overseeing procurement, risk management and other considerations related to cloud computing in federal agencies.

HR-22, to require fuller disclosure of agency justifications of budget requests.

HR-23, to require that Congress be notified of a suspension or other change in status of an agency inspector general and to require the White House to report to Congress on the reasons for a failure to make a nomination to fill an IG position that has been vacant for more than 210 days.

HR-26, setting standards for the use of reverse auctions in federal building design and construction.

HR-27, to require agencies to report details of any settlement agreements they enter when resolving lawsuits.

Meanwhile, President Trump has signed into law bills passed by Congress to: require CBP to ensure that chemical screening devices at ports of entry are able to identify illicit narcotics at specified purity levels in order to better protect employees from exposure that can be deadly even in minute doses; and to require new scrutiny of ownership of building space leased by federal agencies, in particular whether there is foreign ownership of space where secure activities are conducted.

VA Steps Up Inoculations as Federal Employee Deaths Continue to Rise

1A, 1B: Uncertainty Continues on Fed’s Status for Inoculations

1 Percent Raise Finalized, Boosts Pay Caps

Raise Has Impact on TSP, Other Benefits

2021 Federal Employees Handbook