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A House committee has rejected a proposal to revive and put into law the central Trump administration executive orders on the federal workforce which the Biden administration promptly revoked on taking office.

Those orders included a trio from 2018 that would have given management a stronger hand in disciplinary matters, limited the scope of bargaining and the availability of official time, while a 2020 order would have created a new excepted service “Schedule F” that would have revoked civil service protections from many thousands of career federal positions involved with policy matters.

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On a party line vote, the House Oversight and Reform Committee rejected a bid by Republicans to attach that language to a bill to a measure (HR-6104) to create an office within OPM to oversee the government’s various internship and fellowship-type programs.

The committee previously had approved a bill (HR-302) to put into law a ban against any future excepted service category similar to Schedule F, a measure that continues to await a vote in the full House.

The committee passed the internship bill along with HR-7683, to boost training for federal employees on artificial intelligence; HR-521, to preserve the special retirement benefits of law enforcement officers who become disabled; HR-7331, to increase oversight of GAO recommendations that agencies have not implemented; and HR-7535, to set standards for making agency IT systems resistant to quantum computing technology.

Meanwhile, the full House has approved HR-903, to put TSA employees under standard federal personnel rules including for purposes of pay, union and appeal rights (see related story); and HR-2499, to provide that certain health conditions are presumed to be caused by employment for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits for federal employees who worked in fire protection activities.

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