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S. 3200: MERIT Act of 2018

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

David Perdue

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Georgia. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018
Length: 6 pages

Jul 12, 2018


Introduced on Jul 12, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 12, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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


Jul 12, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Ordered Reported

Passed Senate (House next)

Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 3200 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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