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Rep. Hice Pushes Transparency in Federal Employee Bonuses and Pensions

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Washington, May 14, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) recently introduced H.R. 2612, the Federal Employee Disclosure (FED) Transparency Act, legislation to make all federal employee bonuses publicly available and require the disclosure of federal pension records under the Freedom of Information Act. H.R. 2612 would also require government agencies to report any performance-based bonuses over $10,000 to Congress and provide an explanation as to why the bonus was awarded.

“Transparency is an important tool in fostering accountability,” said Congressman Hice. “Inside the beltway, it’s easy to forget that the ultimate boss of federal employees is the American people – and the people have a right to know the bonuses and pension perks of the staffers whose salaries they’re paying. Through the FED Transparency Act, federal agencies will no longer be allowed to operate without sufficient scrutiny or oversight of payroll practices, making spending data more reliable and accessible. Simply put, a more informed and empowered people results in a better government for all.”

“Rep. Hice’s FED Transparency Act is a critical step towards better oversight of how taxpayer dollars are being spent on pensions and bonuses for federal employees, especially federal employees who have been subject to controversy,” said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs. “Federal pensions are a $3.5 trillion unfunded liability and roughly $1.1 billion is handed out in the form of bonuses to federal employees. Pension records are hidden from public view, leaving taxpayers in the dark on how much someone like disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner may receive in pension benefits. Labor union contracts may prevent taxpayers from learning more about bonuses given to federal employees who may have had conduct issues or whether bonuses are even justified. Taxpayers have a right to know this information, and the FED Transparency Act would shed light where it’s sorely needed.”

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