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S. 994–Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act (legislative text)
H.R. 2061–Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act (legislative text)
Senators Mark Warner and Rob Portman, and Representatives Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings introduced legislation to improve the quality and availability of federal program and grant spending data accessible by the public. This bill will require the Treasury Department’s Recovery Board to standardize government financial spending data in a publically-accessible, machine-readable format to be published on USASpending.gov. It also authorizes a 3-year pilot program to evaluate this consolidated reporting requirement and determine whether it reduces the compliance burden on awardees of federal funds.
S. 760–Government Customer Service Improvement Act
H.R. 1660–Government Customer Service Improvement Act
Representatives Henry Cuellar and Michael McCaul, and Senators Mark Warner and Ron Johnson introduced legislation to require government-wide customer service standards. The bill would require OMB to develop government-wide standards for customer service delivery to be included in the federal government’s performance plan. Agency Chief Performance Officers would be required to develop agency-specific customer service guidelines based on the government-wide standards and on customer input received by the agency. The bill also directs OMB to set up a Service Improvement Unit Pilot Program. Finally, the bill mandates that OPM report to Congress and GAO on the total number, months pending, accuracy and completeness of retirement applications submitted by each agency and to develop a timeline for completing its retirement systems modernization project.
S.Res 99–A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States during Public Service Recognition Week
Senators Jon Tester, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Chris Coons, Carl Levin, and Brian Schatz introduced a resolution commemorating Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) and commending federal, state, and local employees across the country for their outstanding contributions to the United States and dedication to serving the public.
H.R. 1232–Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act
Representative Darrell Issa and Representative Gerry Connolly introduced legislation to improve the way federal agencies develop and manage their information technology investments. The bill clarifies the role of agency Chief Information Officers, requires agencies to produce an inventory of their information technology assets, optimizes federal data center usage and efficiency, establishes a Federal Infrastructure and Common Application Collaboration Center and Assisted Acquisition Centers of Excellence to strengthen agency acquisition management and takes steps to grow and improve the information technology acquisition workforce. The Partnership submitted recommendations that were ultimately included in the legislation, which would require OPM to examine applicant and hiring manager satisfaction with the hiring process as part of the mandated IT Acquisition Cadres Strategic Plan. The Act was later included as part of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House of Representatives on June 14, 2013 (see H.R. 1960, Division E, Title LIV, Subtitle B).
H.R. 538 Government Customer Service Improvement Act
Representative Henry Cuellar introduced legislation to improve federal government customer service. This legislation requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop performance measures and standards to increase the quality of customer service and enhance access to federal information and services. The bill also creates a customer relations representative to ensure accountability within the federal agency and requires readily available customer service contact information.
S. 2249 – The Senior Executive Service Reform Act
Senator Daniel Akaka introduced legislation to reform the Senior Executive Service (SES). The legislation contains provisions to restore the career leadership, improve executive pay and performance management, strengthen career development and encourage diversity. Of particular note, the bill requires agencies to establish onboarding programs for new executives; allows agencies to establish inter-agency, inter-governmental and inter-sector rotation programs; requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to maintain a centralized database of these rotation opportunities, as well as a profile registry to assist agencies and senior executives in making rotation decisions; and codifies the Executive Resources Office at OPM, which among other responsibilities will administer an exit survey for individuals leaving a position in the SES to understand the reasons for their departure.
H.R. 2061 – Civilian Service Recognition Act
S. 1444 – Civilian Service Recognition Act
Representative Richard Hanna and Senator Daniel Akaka introduced legislation to honor federal employees who are killed in the line of duty. The bill authorizes agencies to give a burial flag to the families of federal employees who die as a result of injuries related to their federal employment, such as those suffered as a result of a criminal act, an act of terrorism, a natural disaster, or other circumstance as determined by the President.
H.R. 914 – Federal Internship Improvement Act
Representatives Gerry Connolly and Brian Bilbray introduced the Federal Internship Improvement Act to strengthen federal internship programs. The bill requires federal agencies to capture metrics on the sources of qualified interns, how they are utilized, efforts agencies make to convert interns to permanent positions and the quality of the internship experience as captured through exit interviews. It also directs agencies to appoint an internship coordinator and to make publically available that coordinator's name, contact information, and information about application procedures and deadlines, including links to websites containing that information.
S. 1628 — Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act
H.R. 3064 – Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act
Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative John Sarbanes introduced legislation to streamline the federal hiring process. The legislation requires agencies to regularly assess their talent needs and submit annual workforce plans to OPM. It improves the hiring process by instructing agencies to write job announcements in plain language, eliminating KSA's, allowing applicants to apply with a resume and providing timely notification to applicants on their status. The bill also requires that agencies collect metrics on time-to-hire, as well as applicant, new hire and manager satisfaction with the hiring process. These metrics will hold agencies accountable for reforms and will enable hiring managers to know whether the process is yielding the desired talent. In summary, the bill reinforces recent reform efforts initiated by the Obama Administration.
S. 1268 – Interagency Personnel Rotation Act
H.R. 2314 – Interagency Personnel Rotation Act
Senators Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins and Daniel Akaka and Representatives Geoff Davis and John Tierney introduced legislation to establish an interagency rotation program for individuals in the national security and homeland security community at the GS-11 to GS-15 levels. The goal of the rotation program is to help foster increased collaboration among agencies and contribute to a more effective national security strategy for our nation.
S. 3250 —
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010
Senators Tom Carper and Susan Collins and Representatives Russ Carnahan and Judy Biggert introduced legislation to provide for the training of federal building personnel. The General Services Administration (GSA) would be required to identify core competencies for federal building personnel that promote industry best practices. GSA would then work with the private sector and educational institutions to identify ongoing training opportunities to meet competency requirements.
Senators Ted Kaufman, George Voinovich, Daniel Akaka and Joe Lieberman introduced legislation to improve the presidential transition process. The General Services Administration would provide up-front assistance, direction and resources necessary so the president-elect can prepare for the duties of the office before the general election. S. 3196 provides guidance on the types of activities the outgoing administration can perform, including the creation of both a White House transition council and a council of career-level agency transition directors.
S. 674 —
Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2009
HR. 5522 — Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2010
Senator Daniel Akaka introduced legislation to amend chapter 41 of title 5, United States Code to increase training for federal employee supervisors. Topics included in this increased training are performance discussions, work environment management, managing employees with unacceptable performance and mentoring and motivation. The Office of Personnel Management will issue guidance to federal managers on the qualifications and competencies required for federal management positions. Representatives Jim Moran, Frank Wolf and Gerry Connolly introduced a similar bill in the House, H.R. 5522.
S. 1180 —
Senior Executive Service Diversity Assurance Act of 2009
H.R. 2721 — Senior Executive Service Diversity Assurance Act
Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative Danny Davis introduced legislation to provide for greater diversity within the Senior Executive Service. S. 1180 and H.R. 2721 require the establishment of a Senior Executive Service Resource Office, which will be tasked with managing and promoting an efficient, elite and diverse corps of senior servants. In addition, the resource office will establish and maintain annual statistics on the number of career positions at each agency, the composition of the workforce and more; this information will be made available to the public. Each agency will also be responsible for submitting a report to OPM, within one year of enactment, on its specific plan on how to increase diversity in the agency.
H.R. 3264 – Federal Internship Improvement Act
Representative Gerry Connolly introduced legislation to improve federal internship programs. The bill requires federal agencies to report to Congress on where interns come from, how they are used, efforts agencies make to convert them to permanent positions and any barriers encountered in doing so, among other things. The bill also requires agencies to appoint an internship coordinator, publicly post their internships, and conduct intern exit interviews.
S. 2789 – The Roosevelt Scholars Act of 2009
H.R. 3510 – The Roosevelt Scholars Act of 2009
Representatives David Price and Mike Castle and Senators George Voinovich and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to create a scholarship for service program, offering tuition assistance to students pursuing degrees in mission-critical fields in exchange for a federal service commitment. As part of the program, students are required to participate in a federal internship and serve as an ambassador on their campus. A small foundation would administer the program and is charged with marketing and raising the profile of other federal scholarship programs.
S. 2901 – Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 2009
Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation to establish a government-wide acquisition management fellows program. The program would develop a new generation of leaders who are equipped with the skills necessary to meet the government’s future acquisition needs. The program consists of academic as well as on the job training. Individuals selected for the program must make a commitment to federal service in the field of acquisition.
S. 736 – Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2009
Senators Daniel Akaka and George Voinovich introduced legislation to improve the federal hiring process. S. 736 aims to make the hiring process more timely, clear and ‘user-friendly’ by decreasing the volume and type of information required in the first step of the application process. Required in S.736 is a strategic workforce plan to address hiring projections, human capital planning, recruitment strategies and streamlining the hiring process. In addition, human resources staff will be provided the training they need to effectively address the personnel needs of their agency and comply with this legislation.
S. 707 — Telework Enhancement Act of 2009
H.R. 1722 — Telework Improvements Act of 2009
Senators Daniel Akaka and George Voinovich and Representatives John Sarbanes, Frank Wolf and Gerry Connolly introduced legislation to increase the use of telework in the federal government. S. 707 and H.R. 1722 require a Telework Managing Officer, or equivalent, to develop and promote an explicit telework policy for his/her respective agency. Managers and employees will have to examine the feasibility of telework given their specific roles within the executive agency. In addition, periodic reports will be submitted outlining the degree of telework use, employee satisfaction and other information.
S. 1102 – Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009
H.R. 2517 – Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009
On May 20, 2009, Senator Joe Lieberman introduced legislation which would provide domestic partners of federal employees with benefits available to, and obligations imposed upon, the spouse of a federal employee. Specifically, domestic partners will be afforded health and life insurance, retirement, leave and any other benefit provided on behalf of the United States to the spouse of an employee. Representative Tammy Baldwin introduced a House companion bill on the same date.
S. 629 – Part-Time Reemployment of Annuitants Act of 2009
Senators Susan Collins, George Voinovich and Herb Kohl introduced legislation to facilitate the part-time reemployment of annuitants in the federal government. Federal agencies will be granted the authority to increase the number of part-time employees receiving an annuity, with specific guidelines. Upon determination that the annuitant meets the definition of “part-time,” which may be up to 3,120 hours of additional service in increments of no more than 1,040 hours per 12 months, employees can work without deductions or interruptions to their annuity.
S. 354 – Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009
H.R. 626 – Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009
Senator Jim Webb introduced legislation to provide that 4 of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a Federal employee shall be paid leave, and for other purposes. Furthermore, it authorizes the director of the Office of Personnel Management to increase the amount of Paid Parental Leave to up to eight weeks. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney introduced similar legislation in the House.
S. 469 - Part-Time Federal Employees Equity Act of 2009
H.R. 1198 - Part-Time Federal Employees Equity Act of 2009
Senators George Voinovich and Herb Kohl, and Representative Jim Moran introduced S. 469 and H.R. 1198 respectively, to allow federal employers to phase into retirement by working part-time without a penalty to their annuity. This legislation corrects a Civil Service Retirement System disincentive for employees to stay on toward the end of their career. It will help address the impending retirement wave by retaining seasoned workers on a part-time basis which will allow them to transfer knowledge and expertise to future leaders.
H.R. 958 – FERS Sick Leave Equity Act
Representatives Moran and Wolf introduced H.R. 958 to correct the sick leave policy currently established under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. In computing an annuity, the total service of an employee will include the days of unused sick leave at retirement, the current practice of the Civil Service Retirement System, which will save the government millions of dollars and encourage employees to use their sick leave responsibly and benefit upon retirement for doing so. There will also be an increase in government efficiency and a positive impact on federal agency performance.
S.RES.481/H.RES.1247– Public Service Recognition Week 2010
Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative Stephen Lynch introduced resolutions designating May 3-9, 2010 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). The capstone celebration is on the National Mall and is hosted by the Partnership for Public Service and Public Employees Roundtable. The 2010 theme is “Innovation and Opportunity”.
S.Res. 296/H.Res. 768 – National Work and Family Month
Senators Lincoln, Crapo and Kohl and Representative McCarthy introduced resolutions designating October “National Work and Family Month.” The resolutions recognize the importance of work-life balance in recruiting and retaining employees and increasing job productivity. National Work and Family Month is aimed at raising awareness among employers about the value of work-life effectiveness as a business imperative.
S.Res.87/H.Res.299– Public Service Recognition Week
Senator Daniel Akaka introduced Senate Resolution 87 designating May 4 – 10 Public Service Recognition Week. This year, the Partnership for Public Service and Public Employees Roundtable will host the National Mall event May 7 – 10 between 4th and 7th Sts. This year’s theme is “Government Goes Green.” During the four-day Mall celebration, attendees will see government programs in action through a range of exhibits from F-16 fighter planes to the opportunity to meet NASA astronauts.
For more information, go to http://www.ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/psrw/.
H.R. 5439 – Civil Service Reform Commission Act of 2008
Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced legislation to establish a Civil Service Reform Commission. The Commission would be charged with studying, among other things, the federal compensation system, recruitment and retention, the federal hiring process and the role and oversight of federal contractors. The Commission would report its findings to the President and Congress and would propose legislation to implement recommended improvements.
S. 2148 — Senior Executive Service Diversity Assurance Act
H.R. 3774 — Senior Executive Service Diversity Assurance Act
Senator Daniel Akaka introduced legislation to provide for greater diversity within, and to improve policy direction and oversight of, the Senior Executive Service. Among other things, the bill would establish a Senior Executive Service Resource Office within the Office of Personnel Management. Representative Danny Davis introduced a companion bill in the House.
S. 1046 —
Senior Professional Performance Act of 2007
Senator George Voinovich introduced legislation that aims to modify pay provisions relating to certain senior-level positions in the federal government.
S. 1045 —
Federal Workforce Performance Appraisal and Management Improvement Act of 2007
Senator George Voinovich introduced legislation that strengthens performance management in the federal government and makes the annual general pay increase for federal employees contingent on performance.
S. 967 —
Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2007
Senator Daniel Akaka introduced legislation to provide for the establishment and authorization of funding for certain training programs for federal supervisors. The bill also calls for the creation of a set of management competency standards.
S. 547 — Effective Homeland Security Management Act of 2007
Senator Voinovich introduced legislation which would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for Management, appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve as the Chief Management Officer and principal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related to management of the Department.
S. 274 — Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act
Senator Akaka introduced S. 274 which would clarify the disclosure of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, and provide certain authority for the Special Counsel.
S. 4 —
Improving America's Security Act of 2007
H.R. 1 — Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007
Senator Harry Reid introduced legislation to make the United States more secure by implementing unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, to fight the war on terror more effectively and to improve homeland security. The companion bill, H.R. 4, was introduced in the House by Rep. Bennie Thompson.
H.R. 6160 – Roosevelt Scholars Act of 2008
Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) introduced bi-partisan legislation to create a graduate-level scholarship program to train the next generation of leaders to fill mission-critical positions in the federal government. The Roosevelt Scholars program would provide full tuition, support for room and board, and a stipend for graduate study in occupations critical to our government’s success. In exchange for this support, Roosevelt Scholars would complete an internship with a federal agency and, upon graduation, would be expected to complete a minimum of three years of federal service. A Roosevelt Scholars Foundation would be established to administer all aspects of the Roosevelt Scholars program.
S. 2969 – Veterans’ Medical Personnel Recruitment and Retention Act of 2008
Senator Akaka, Chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced legislation to address staffing issues at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This bill would amend title 38 of the United States Code to enhance the capacity of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to recruit and retain nurses and other critical health-care professionals in the face of a massive retirement wave. Among other things, the bill would increase educational benefits for VA employees, which would act as a recruitment and retention tool.
S. 1882 — Public Health Preparedness Workforce Development Act of 2007
Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would help strengthen the federal public health workforce by helping the government recruit and retain new talent. The bill creates scholarship and loan repayment programs and provides training and development opportunities for mid-career public health professionals.
S. 960 — Public Service Academy Act of 2007
H.R. 1671 — Public Service Academy Act of 2007
Senator Hillary Clinton recently introduced the Public Service Academy Act of 2007 in the Senate and Representative James Moran introduced a companion bill in the House. The bills call for the creation of a Public Service Academy modeled after the existing military service academies. The Public Service Academy would provide an undergraduate education in return for a five year commitment to civilian service to the country, therefore establishing a direct pipeline of young talent into the federal workforce.
S. 451 — National Foreign Language Coordination Act of 2007
H.R. 747 — National Foreign Language Coordination Act
Senator Akaka introduced a bill on January 31, 2007, which would establish a National Foreign Language Coordination Council in the Executive Office of the President. Rep. Brian Baird introduced a companion bill in the House on the same date. The bills provide a framework for a more coordinated effort to recruit and retain foreign language talent in the federal government.
S. 680 — Accountability in Government Contracting Act of 2007
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Susan Collins authored a bill in February 2007 to ensure proper oversight and accountability in federal contracting. The bill also addresses the need to strengthen the federal acquisition workforce through recruitment and training programs.
H.R. 1362 — Accountability in Contracting Act
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman introduced the Accountability in Contracting Act in the House in March 2007. Among other things, the bill would limit the length of noncompetitive contracts and require justification for no-bid contracts.
S. 2933 – Incentives for Older Workers Act
Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Herbert Kohl (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the participation of older workers in the federal workforce. The bill would remove the penalty under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) for part-time employment. This action would address and correct a disincentive for employees who would like to phase into retirement by working part-time at the end of their careers. In addition, the bill would establish a National Resource Center on Aging and the Workforce, which would address issues on age and the workforce, as well as collect, organize, and disseminate information on older workers.
H.R. 5550 – A bill to increase the maximum age to qualify for coverage as a ‘child’ under the health benefits program for federal employees
Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced legislation with Reps. T. Davis (R-VA), Maloney (D-NY), Cummings (D-MD), Sarbanes (D-MD) and Norton (D-DC) which would allow individuals under the age of 25 to be covered as a “child” under the health benefits program. Previously, the maximum age for coverage as a “child” was 22 years.
S. 2521 – Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007
H.R. 4838 – Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007
Senator Joe Lieberman introduced legislation which would provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. Representative Tammy Baldwin introduced a House companion bill.
S. 2003 — A bill to facilitate the part-time reemployment of annuitants
H.R. 3579 — A bill to facilitate the part-time reemployment of annuitants
Senator Susan Collins along with Sens. Voinovich and Warner took the lead in introducing legislation in the Senate which would allow retired federal employees to return to the federal government on a part-time, temporary basis and earn a salary while maintaining their annuity benefits. A companion bill was recently introduced in the House by Representative Tom Davis and Reps. Kenny Marchant and Frank Wolf.
H.R. 3158 — Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2006
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently introduced legislation that would create a paid parental leave policy for all federal employees. The bill would give federal employees eight weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
S. 1047 — Generating Opportunity by Forgiving Educational Debt for Service Act of 2007 (GOFEDS)
H.R. 2363 — Generating Opportunity by Forgiving Educational Debt for Service Act of 2007 (GOFEDS)
Senator George Voinovich introduced legislation that would exempt federal student loans from taxation. As a result of this legislation, federal student loan repayment programs would be more effective as a recruitment and retention tool. Representative Timothy Bishop introduced a companion bill in the House.
S. 1000 — Telework Enhancement Act of 2007
H.R. 4106 — Telework Improvements Act of 2007
Senator Ted Stevens along with Senator Mary Landrieu introduced legislation which would enhance the Federal Telework Program by requiring the head of each executive agency, the Chief Justice, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Majority Leader of the Senate to establish a telework policy which will allow employees to participate in telework to the maximum possible extent. Representative Danny Davis introduced a similar bill in the House called the Telework Improvements Act to expand teleworking in executive agencies.
Public Law No. 110-84 – College Cost Reduction and Access Act to replace HR 2661 and 2669
On September 27, 2007, President Bush signed into law the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Encompassed in this law is H.R. 2669, a bill written by Representative John Sarbanes to offer student loan forgiveness after 10 years of public service employment in government and nonprofit organizations.
H. R. 1369 — Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced the Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which aims to expand the scope of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Title IV of the Act extends paid parental leave to federal employees.
S. 880 — Senate Family Leave Act
Senator Ted Stevens introduced the Senate Family Leave Act which would amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to provide for 8 weeks of paid leave for Senate employees giving birth.
S. 80 — Executive Branch Family Leave Act
Senator Ted Stevens introduced the Executive Branch Family Leave Act which would provide for 8 weeks of paid leave for federal employees giving birth.
S. 494 — Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act of 2005
On April 13, 2005, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved whistleblower protection legislation introduced by Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Susan Collins (R-ME). The Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act (S. 494) aims to strengthen protections for federal whistleblowers while encouraging federal workers to disclose government waste, fraud and abuse.
H.R. 4797 — Continuity of Operations Demonstration Project Act of 2004
Representative Danny Davis introduced H.R. 4797, the Continuity of Operations Demonstration Project Act, on July 9, 2004. This bill requires the Chief Human Capital Officers Council to establish a demonstration project where workers will be required to work from home or away from their usual duty station as a result of an extended emergency situation. The goals of this legislation include determining what flexibilities and technologies are needed for federal employees to work under such constraints, and enhancing the government's ability to manage personnel and operations activities.
Public Law No. 109-295 — Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 enacted as part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007
President Bush signed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act into law on October 4, 2006. Title VI of this Act is the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The Act made substantial changes to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, including making the Administrator of FEMA responsible for all phases of emergency management – preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation – effectively integrating all preparedness and response activities within FEMA.
Public Law No: 108-458 — Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
On December 17, 2004, President Bush signed much anticipated legislation to reform the United States intelligence system, the largest reorganization of the nation's intelligence community since the CIA was created in 1947. There are various federal human capital provisions included in this legislation and the Partnership for Public Service has developed a summary of them. To view a copy of this summary, please click on the link below.
Public Law No. 108-411 — Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004
The Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004 was signed into law on October 30, 2004. The Act provides agencies with greater flexibility with regard to allocating recruitment and retention bonuses, annual leave for new senior executives coming to work for the federal government from the private sector, and pay for employees in certain critical and hard-to-fill positions.
Public Law No. 108-271 — GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004
The GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004 was signed into law on July 7, 2004. The Act provides GAO with new human capital flexibilities and establishes a new compensation system with an emphasis on performance. Among the many reforms, the Act changes the name of the General Accounting Office to the Government Accountability Office.
Public Law No. 108-201 — NASA Flexibility Act of 2004
The NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 was signed into law on February 24, 2004. The Act grants NASA workforce authorities the ability to: (1) pay recruitment, redesignation, relocation, and retention bonuses in exchange for service agreements; (2) make term appointments of one to six years and permanent conversions; (3) fix basic rates of pay for critical positions; and (4) extend intergovernmental personnel act assignments to up to four years. The law also provides for the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Science and Technology Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to individuals in return for contractual agreements under which such individuals agree to serve as full-time NASA employees for two years for each year of such scholarships.
Public Law No. 108-136 — National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004 was signed into law on November 24, 2003. This legislation authorizes OPM to conduct an annual survey of federal employees. Title XI of the Act establishes the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) for civilian employees at the Department of Defense. NSPS is an alternative performance-based personnel system. Under the new system, the agency has more flexibility with regard to hiring and compensation.
Public Law No. 107-296 — Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 enacted as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
The Partnership has long supported legislation creating a Chief Human Capital Officer in each of the major government agencies. Modeled on the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer that were created in the 1990s, the Chief Human Capital Officer is charged with the responsibility to elevate the human resources management within the federal workforce to the level it deserves, and focus resources and attention on workplace issues. The CHCO Act was signed into law on November 25, 2002.
Public Law No. 110-84 – College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007
Title IV of the College Cost Reduction Act provides loan forgiveness for public sector employees who have made regular payments on their loans and have worked in public service for ten years. Recipients of Federal Direct Loans (Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct PLUS, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Federal Direct Consolidated Loans) are eligible for this loan forgiveness. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 was signed into law on September 27, 2007.
Public Law No. 108-496 — Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004
On December 23, 2004, the President signed into law the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act. The Act provides for the establishment of programs under which supplemental dental and vision benefits are made available to federal employees, retirees, and their dependents.
Public Law No. 108-123 — Federal Employee Student Loan Assistance Act
On November 11, 2003, the President signed into law the Federal Employee Student Loan Assistance Act. The Act increases the annual and aggregate limits on student loan repayments by federal agencies.
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