US SB1619 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on May 13 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-05-13 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Pending: Senate Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Prohibits certain political appointees from serving in career positions in federal agencies. Specifically, the bill prohibits current and former presidential appointees, cabinet officials, and other senior officials from serving in career-appointment (i.e., permanent) positions in executive agencies without the approval of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Agencies must certify that the appointment is necessary in order for the agency to meet its mission and the OPM must determine that the appointment process was fair, open, and free from political influence in order to approve a request. OPM must also transmit approved requests to specified congressional committees before issuing final approval to agencies. The bill also prohibits political appointees from serving in career positions for two years after their departure, and directs the OPM and the Office of Management and Budget to take any actions necessary so as to limit the number of political appointees to 2,000.

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Reduce Bureaucracy Act


Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]


2021-05-13SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


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