MEDIA ADVISORY: Committee to Markup Senator Lankford’s Federal Workforce Bills TOMORROW
WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow to vote on several pieces of legislation, including several of Senator James Lankford’s (R-OK) federal workforce bills. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford has examined the challenges facing our federal workforce and sought to develop comprehensive, bipartisan solutions to make government more efficient, accountable, and effective.
WHAT: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Markup
WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 9:00am CT (10:00am ET)
WHERE: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building
List of Lankford bills being considered:
1) Direct Hire of Students and Recent Graduates Act of 2017 (S.1887) – Provides direct and quick federal agency hire authority for qualified college graduates, students, or veterans in OPM’s professional or administrative occupational category at the GS-11 level or below. Currently federal agencies struggle to recruit the next generation of federal employees and compete with the private sector for talent.
2) Temporary and Term Appointments Act of 2017 (S. 1886) – Gives agencies the flexibility to fill key skills gaps without going through the extensive formal hiring process for time-limited temporary (less than a year) and term appointments (between one and five years). Agencies will be able to use this flexibility to quickly fill critical skills gaps for time-limited projects and assignments.
3) Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Adjustment Act of 2017 (S. 1888) – Provides the federal government with an effective tool to restructure and reduce the size of its workforce by improving early employee retirement and voluntary separation incentives and packages.
For more information or to watch a live stream of the hearing, click here. (Streaming will start once the hearing begins)
Members of the media:
Press who want to attend should RSVP by emailing Brittni_Palke@hsgac.senate.gov. Members of the media must display current Senate press credentials in the hearing room.