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H.R. 559: MERIT Act of 2017

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About the bill

Should the process for removing underperforming federal employees be sped up?


Due to existing federal rules and bureaucracy, it can take more than a year to remove or fire an underperforming federal employee.

The federal government currently has 2.78 million employees. That number is down -0.8 percent since President Trump took office.

What the bill does

The Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act would streamline federal workplace rules, making it easier to dismiss or fire federal employees.

  • It would give any federal employees intended to ...

Sponsor and status

Barry Loudermilk

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017
Length: 5 pages

Jan 13, 2017


Ordered Reported on Jul 17, 2018

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 17, 2018.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 13, 2017

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Jul 17, 2018
Ordered Reported

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If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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H.R. 559 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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