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Federal Employees News Digest : April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 38 4 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com Congress voids online disclosure requirement for senior execs Congress voted to repeal the portion of a law that would have required the Internet posting of the annual financial disclosure forms of senior federal executives. The bill (S. 716) to repeal the measure passed the House April 12 after being approved by the Senate the previous day. The requirement was part of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which was meant to prevent senior federal executives and members of Congress and their staffs from using infor- mation obtained in the course of their official duties for private financial gain. Critics of the requirement as it applied to members of the Senior Executive Service charged that the law not only would make those covered individuals susceptible to iden- tity theft and other crimes, but also could threaten national security. Congress had post- poned the effective date of the requirement while it examined those concerns. The decision to repeal the requirement comes shortly after the National Academy of Public Administration, which was tasked by Congress to investigate the validity of those concerns, concluded that the law’s application to federal executives in fact would do little to ensure transparency, but much to compromise both individual and national security. The Senior Executives Association applauded the repeal. “SEA is grateful to Congress for recognizing the harm that would have resulted from post- ing financial disclosure statements of senior- level career employees on the web,” Carol Bonosaro, Senior Executives Association president, said in a statement. “In the interest of ensuring that government works effectively, which includes safeguarding employees’ sensi- tive information, this was the right decision.” The repeal also lifts the requirement for congressional staff members. The act’s dis- closure requirements remain in place for the president, vice president, members of Congress and executive branch officials requiring Senate confirmation. To see the report, go to: www.napawash. org/publications/the-stock-act-an -indepen- dent-review/. ••• In Brief House bill targets tax-delinquent contractors The House on April 15 unanimously passed legislation that would forbid com- panies with seriously delinquent federal tax debts from obtaining new federal contracts. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) co-sponsored the bipartisan bill, the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act (H.R . 822), which now goes to the Senate. A few minutes after approving that bill, the House turned down another bill sponsored by Chaffetz that would have allowed the government to fire tax-delinquent federal and postal employees who have not entered an agreement with the government to repay owed taxes. It also would have forbidden the government from considering job candidates with serious tax delinquency. FedCentral • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! Visit FedCentral now! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx your federal employee resource! continued on page 8
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