Government Operations Subcommittee Examined Need for Sufficient, Evidenced-Based Plan for Reopening Government Workplaces
Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, held a hearing examining how the government can protect federal employees while continuing operations and providing vital resources to the public.
Members and witnesses agreed that the Administration’s guidance for reopening government workplaces is unclear, incomplete, and poses risks to the health and safety of the 2.5 million federal public servants and an estimated 3.7 million federal contractors who comprise our civil service.
This morning, in response to the Administration’s insufficient guidance, Chairman Connolly introduced two pieces of legislation that would support the civil servants who continue to serve our country.
The Chaicharn Suthammanont Remembrance Act, cosponsored by Chairwoman Maloney and Reps. Norton, Sarbanes, Raskin, Gomez, Lynch, Lawrence, Speier, and Khanna, would require each federal agency to publish online a plan to reopen a federal office building at least 30 days prior to the return of federal employees.
The Federal Workforce Health and Safety During the Pandemic Act, cosponsored by Chairwoman Maloney and Reps. Norton, Sarbanes, Raskin, Lynch, Lawrence, and Khanna, would, among other things, extend hazard pay and provide childcare reimbursements to those federal employees working on the frontlines.
At the hearing, the Subcommittee heard testimony from Jacqueline Simon, National Policy Director of the American Federation of Government Employees; Lorraine Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Council; J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues of the Government Accountability Office; and The Honorable Jim DeMint, Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute.
Witnesses discussed the need for an evidenced-based plan from the Administration for reopening federal workplaces: