New Legislation Would Increase Oversight Of Agency Relocations

Government Executive: Democrats in both chambers of Congress on Wednesday introduced legislation requiring greater oversight over proposed agency relocations by requiring making analyses of such proposals available for public review.

The Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency of Relocations Act, introduced by Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., in the House and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., in the Senate, would require agencies seeking to move at least 100 employees or 5% of their workforce to a different region to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the proposal, including both quantitative data like real estate and staffing costs and qualitative metrics such as potential workforce attrition, and then send the results to the inspector general for review and publication.

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