(U.S. SENATE) – Senators Jon Tester and Rob Portman today announced they will hold three new hearings to examine the federal workforce.
Tester (D-Mont.) and Portman’s (R-Ohio) hearings will examine workforce issues raised by recent events, including national security sensitive positions and overtime abuse at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Senators lead the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee charged with overseeing the efficiency of federal workers.
- Tuesday, November 19 – Strengthening Government Oversight: Examining the Roles and Effectiveness of Oversight Positions with the Federal Workforce
o Hearing will examine the various positions in the federal workforce tasked with oversight duties, including inspectors general, privacy officers and the Office of Special Counsel
- Wednesday, November 20 – Safeguarding Our Nation’s Secrets: Examining the National Security Workforce
o Hearing will examine the role of federal agencies in identifying positions as national security “sensitive,” as well as the policies in place for agencies to determine which positions require a security clearance
- Tuesday, December 10 – “Examining the Use of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime at the Department of Homeland Security”
o Hearing will examine overtime abuse at DHS and learn more about how the department is responding to a recent Office of Special Counsel investigative report and what disciplinary actions it is taking
Tester and Portman are taking an active role overseeing the federal workforce. The Senators recently demanded that the Homeland Security Department explains why it allowed employees to continue abusing its overtime pay system even after investigators discovered substantial abuse.
Tester and Portman in October also successfully began to reform how the government conducts background check investigations for individuals seeking security clearances when the Senate unanimously approved a key provision of their Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act.