House Democrats called an administration plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management — the first elimination of a major federal agency in decades — an act of hostility against the apolitical civil service.
The proposal would require federal job applicants to disclose whether they went through a criminal diversion program. Critics say it would make it harder for former offenders to find work.
Activists seeking to make it easier for those with criminal convictions to get jobs say requiring federal applicants to disclose their participation in pretrial diversion programs contradicts President Trump’s public stance.
If the administration succeeds at dismantling the Office of Personnel Management, the closure could be a blueprint for shuttering other departments.
The exchange marked the first time the labor secretary and former U.S. attorney has been publicly questioned about the deal since a federal judge ruled in February that it had violated the law.
The agency is under mounting pressure to vet foreign researchers before giving them access to facilities or research money.
President Trump’s signature policy for veterans is moving forward after passage of a law last year. But critics are trying to undermine it, fearing privatization.
Wilkie is only in his eighth month as VA secretary, but he had a long career in military policy on Capitol Hill and at the Defense Department.
The panel is looking into Zinke’s decision not to grant a petition by two Indian tribes to operate a casino in Connecticut, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Starting in the 1990s, the North Koreans and Americans had worked jointly to recover remains for more than a decade, but the cooperation was suspended during the George W. Bush era amid political tensions.