House-Backed Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Feds Who Discriminate

Government Executive: Federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections under a bill agreed to unanimously by the House on Tuesday, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions.

Equal Employment Opportunity programs would operate independently of any human capital or general counsel offices under the 2017 Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act, and program officials would be tasked with ensuring “efficient and fair resolution of complaints alleging discrimination or retaliation.” The heads of those programs would report directly to their agency chiefs.

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