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House Launches Investigation of Federal Workforce Compensation

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has initiated a broad investigation into the federal workforce, ss reported by The Washington Post.

Over the past few weeks, Chaffetz has sent out letters to multiple agencies asking for various types of information.

To three agencies – FBI, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service – he sent letters requesting information about spending on employee awards. In addition to asking for “documents sufficient to identify each performance award”, it also requested personally identifiable details including name, title, and salary grade.

A letter was also sent to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with 16 questions about federal employee compensation throughout the government spanning the past five years, with a two-week time stamp to return the information to the committee.

Additional letters went out to more than two dozen agencies asking for the names of employees permitted to do union-related work on government time.

And while Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member on the committee, said that these letters “may be just another extension” of partisan attacks from Republicans on federal employee pay and benefits, he signed onto a letter with Chaffetz that asked all 26 agencies to provide information on “all policies, procedures, directives and/or guidance for taking corrective, disciplinary, and adverse actions against civilian employees.”

As reported by The Washington Post

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