At The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, our federal trial attorneys
are well-regarded by our peers for the elite advocacy we offer. Founding
Partner Debra D’Agostino was recently quoted in a segment on Federal
News Radio regarding several new bills Congress is currently considering.
The three bills are the Official Personnel File Enhancement Act, the Senior
Executive Service Accountability Act, and the Administrative Leave Reform
Act. If passed, these bills would harm the due process rights federal
employees are guaranteed and remove protections afforded to federal employees
during the disciplinary process.
As for those in the SES, the bill would extend the SES probationary period
from one year to two, and put in place procedures allowing agency leaders
to fire executives and appointees with just five days’ notice.
Critics have suggested that the bills would essentially make these employees
guilty until they can be proven innocent. The expedited firing procedures
also may fail to speed up the process; Attorney D’Agostino has pointed
out that the agencies typically drag their feet, adding that in cases
of employee discipline “all of the deadlines are pointed to the
employee, and all the accountability for missing a deadline is pointed
at the employee. Where there are deadlines on the government and the government
misses them, there’s no accountability for that.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz
has admitted that there are issues with the bill, and plans to work with
other members of the committee to draft an alternative version which addresses
some of these concerns.
To learn more about the bill, read the full article featuring Attorney