H.R.2283 – DHS MORALE Act

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Week ending June 23, 2017

H.R.2283 – DHS MORALE Act


The bill would ‘amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve morale within the Department of Homeland Security workforce by conferring new responsibilities to the Chief Human Capital Officer, establishing an employee engagement steering committee, requiring action plans, and authorizing an annual employee award program, and for other purposes.’

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish an employee engagement steering committee, including representatives from operational components and headquarters, including supervisory and non-supervisory personnel, and employee labor organizations that represent Department employees, and chaired by the Under Secretary for Management.

The steering committee will identify factors that have a negative impact on employee engagement, morale, and communications within the Department,  Identify, develop, and distribute initiatives and best practices to improve employee engagement, morale, and communications within the Department, monitor efforts of each component to address employee engagement, morale, and communications based on employee feedback provided through annual employee surveys, questionnaires, and other communications, as appropriate, advise the Secretary on efforts to improve employee engagement, morale, and communications within specific components and across the Department, and conduct regular meetings and report, not less than once per quarter, to the Under Secretary for Management, the head of each component, and the Secretary on Department-wide efforts to improve employee engagement, morale, and communications.

The Secretary may establish an annual employee award program to recognize Department employees or groups of employees for significant contributions to the achievement of the Department’s goals and missions.

 (Full text of H.R. 2283 at congress.gov)

Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] (Introduced 05/02/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayers:  No funds are authorized to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act. This Act and such amendments shall be carried out using amounts otherwise made available.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

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Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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