Several bills that would affect federal employees recently passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Common Sense in Compensation Act (H.R. 1541), introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), was adopted by a voice vote. The bill would prohibit federal employee bonuses for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and cap bonuses at a maximum of 5% of salary through the end of FY 2015.
The Citizen Empowerment Act (H.R. 2711) was also adopted by voice vote. Introduced by Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), it would allow Americans to record conversations with federal employees from most executive branch agencies, both in person and over the phone.
The Government Employee Accountability Act (H.R. 2579) was introduced by Mike Kelly (R-PA) and would allow agencies to place employees on unpaid leave when they are under investigation for certain serious offenses. Similar legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives last year but died in the Senate.