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Active week on Capitol Hill for federal workers

This will be a very active week on Capitol Hill for issues relating to federal employees.


Here is a list of some of the hearings affecting the workforce. Of course, it can easily be argued that everything affects federal workers, so this list includes only those that most directly concern employees.

First on the list is the hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday on the Transportation Security Administration, with the provocative title: “Effective Security or Security Theater?”

It’s a joint hearing, in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building, by the House committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Transportation and Infrastructure. The preview statement by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) about the hearing indicates its direction when it points to “an unending string of video clips, photographs and news reports about inappropriate, clumsy and even illogical searches and screenings by TSA agents.”

Other hearings listed on committee Web sites and include:

10 a.m. Tuesday: Can a USPS-Run Health Plan Solve Its Financial Crisis? ; House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on federal workforce and U.S. Postal Service; 2154 Rayburn.

10 a.m. Wednesday: Library of Congress Leadership Transitions; House Administration Committee; 1310 Longworth.

2 p.m. Wednesday: Rightsizing TSA Bureaucracy and Workforce Without Compromising Security; House Homeland Security transportation security subcommittee; 311 Cannon.

2 p.m. Wednesday: Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization: Personnel; Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel; 232-A Russell.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Efforts to Combat Government Waste and Fraud; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on federal financial management, government information, federal services and international security; 342 Dirksen.

10 a.m. Thursday: Use of Contractors by Federal Agencies; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on contracting oversight; 342 Dirksen.

10 a.m. Thursday: HUD and DOT Management Issues; House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development, and related agencies; 2358-A Rayburn.

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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