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The lineups are starting to take shape on the congressional committees that are key for federal workplace issues, Oversight and Reform on the House side and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the Senate side.

In the House, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., will remain the chair of the full committee and Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., will continue heading the subcommittee on government management.

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Committee Democrats already have offered several workforce-related bills, including to: turn into paid time all forms of leave eligibility under the Family and Medical Leave Act; to provide a 3.2 percent raise for federal workers in January 2022; to prevent changes in civil service law such as the Trump administration sought through its “Schedule F” executive order, which the Biden administration has revoked; and most recently to allow those covered by special retirement provisions for federal firefighters and law enforcement officers to remain under that system if they suffer a disability that prevents them from remaining in such a position but who continue in other federal jobs.

The ranking Republican is now Rep. James Comer of Kentucky—who has issued statements in favor of Schedule F and against expanding paid leave—and Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia is to remain the ranking Republican on the government operations subcommittee. In something of a surprise, a former chairman of the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has returned to Congress after a two-year break, has not been assigned to it.

With the change in control of that chamber to Democrats, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is set to take over the Senate governmental affairs committee and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is set to become the ranking Republican. Former chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin remains in Congress but could not remain the top Republican on the committee due to term limits.

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