Legislation introduced last week would ensure all federal law enforcement officers receive enhanced retirement benefits.
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Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) spoke following last week’s shooting at a practice session for the Congressional baseball game. Rep. Williams’ staffer, Zach Barth, was among those shot, but is expected to fully recover.
Federal employees earn approximately 35 percent less than those in similar private-sector jobs, according to data reported by the Federal Salary Council last week.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to know why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has had 88 employees on paid administrative leave for over a year.
For the first time, a federal judge allowed a CIA torture lawsuit to continue. The civil suit, filed by victims of “enhanced interrogation” against James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, two CIA-contracted psychologists will move forward despite urgings from the psychologists’ lawyers to throw out the case.
Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House would limit the use of cell-site simulators, often referred to as “Stingrays.”
The House Judiciary Committee introduced a series of four bills this week “to rein in the explosion of federal criminal law, commonly referred to as over-criminalization.”
This week the House approved legislation that will allow the U.S. and partner nations to counter terrorist organizations, rebel groups, and international criminal syndicates that profit from international wildlife trafficking.
After conservatives expressed fears that the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA) would release violent felons, top republicans have incorporated new edits into the bill. These changes, however, only appear to anger more constituents, including law enforcement officers.
A new House bill would restore former enforcement powers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and remove the requirement for Senate to confirm its director.
The President’s Pay Agent this week finalized the establishment of 13 new locality pay areas.
Last month, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the State Department and refugee issues introduced legislation (S. 2145) to provide an additional $1 billion in FY2016 funding to bolster refugee resettlement efforts.
Speaking at an event this week in New Jersey on criminal justice reform efforts, President Obama announced a forthcoming executive action to “ban the box” for federal job applicants.
President Obama delivered a lengthy and wide-ranging speech this week at a meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Chicago.
Update: In a series of Twitter posts early Friday morning, President Trump warned Comey against leaking any negative information about the President, and told the news media he may cancel future White House press briefings.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday this week, legislation (S. 2146) sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” by withholding funds from local governments who don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials failed to advance on a largely party-line vote of 54-45.
Due to a federal salary cap, United States Secret Service agents are not getting paid for hundreds of hours of work on the ever-demanding presidential campaign trail.
At a Congressional hearing Tuesday, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy apologized once more for the actions of his staff, and laid out the agency’s plan to discipline the individuals who allegedly violated the Privacy Act, DHS policy, and Secret Service policy in an effort to discredit a congressman investigating misconduct within the agency.
Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 to advance the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) following hearings on the bill.
The Supreme Court Holds That Presidential Nominated Appointees Are Ineligible To Also Serve In An Acting Capacity In a Different Position
This week, the Supreme Court held that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prohibits persons who the President nominates for appointment to be placed in positions in acting capacities while awaiting confirmation by the Senate.