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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

MERIT Act of 2017
Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for an alternative removal for performance or misconduct for Federal employees.

Actions Overview (1)

01/13/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

07/17/2018Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 19 - 11.
07/17/2018Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
01/13/2017Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/13/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (60)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]* 01/13/2017
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 01/24/2017
Rep. Kelly, Trent [R-MS-1] 02/01/2017
Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1] 02/06/2017
Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] 02/06/2017
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] 02/06/2017
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 02/14/2017
Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4] 02/14/2017
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] 03/01/2017
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 03/20/2017
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 03/27/2017
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 03/27/2017
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 04/04/2017
Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19] 05/01/2017
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 07/13/2017
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] 09/07/2017
Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5] 09/13/2017
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] 10/05/2017
Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] 11/07/2017
Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] 11/07/2017
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] 11/07/2017
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 11/08/2017
Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] 11/08/2017
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 11/08/2017
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14] 11/09/2017
Rep. Ferguson, A. Drew, IV [R-GA-3] 11/09/2017
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4] 11/13/2017
Rep. Dunn, Neal P. [R-FL-2] 11/13/2017
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 11/14/2017
Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3] 12/19/2017
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 01/11/2018
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 02/06/2018
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 02/06/2018
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] 02/06/2018
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] 02/06/2018
Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] 02/06/2018
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1] 02/06/2018
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 02/06/2018
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 02/06/2018
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] 02/23/2018
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4] 02/26/2018
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 03/01/2018
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-11] 03/01/2018
Rep. Handel, Karen C. [R-GA-6] 03/05/2018
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2] 03/14/2018
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 03/14/2018
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] 04/10/2018
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 04/10/2018
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2] 04/27/2018
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] 07/18/2018
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 07/31/2018
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4] 09/06/2018
Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3] 09/25/2018
Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] 09/28/2018

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Government Reform01/13/2017 Referred to
07/17/2018 Markup by

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Introduced in House (01/13/2017)

Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation Act of 2017 or the MERIT Act of 2017

This bill establishes an alternative mechanism for the expedited removal by agency heads of federal employees for performance or misconduct by: (1) limiting an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to appeals made not later than 7 days after the date of such removal; and (2) making inapplicable to removals employee protections affording employees at least 30 days advance written notice of the proposed action and a reasonable time to answer the proposal orally and in writing, representation by an attorney, and a written decision.

Upon receipt of an appeal, the MSPB shall issue a decision not later than 30 days after the date of the appeal. In any case in which an MSPB judge cannot issue a decision in accordance with such 30-day requirement, the removal is final.

The MSPB: (1) shall uphold the decision of the agency head to remove an employee if the decision is supported by substantial evidence; and (2) may not stay any removal unless the basis for the appeal of such removal is related to certain prohibited personnel practices.