Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) introduced this month the legislation to make all federal employee bonuses publicly available and require the disclosure of federal pension records under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Federal Employee Disclosure (FED) Transparency Act (HR 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.”
To read the full text of the legislation, go here.