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H.R. 356: Federal HIRE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 19, 2021 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 356


January 19, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform


To provide greater flexibility to agencies to make appointments to positions for which there is a severe shortage of candidates, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Hiring Improvement Reform and Enforcement Act or the Federal HIRE Act.


Federal agency appointment flexibility


In general

Chapter 31 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3116 the following new section:


Agency appointment flexibility


In general

The head of an agency may, without regard to the provisions of section 3304 and sections 3309 through 3318, appoint a qualified individual to a position within the agency that is in the competitive service and for which the head of the agency determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates.


Rule of construction

This provision shall not be construed as superseding or otherwise affecting any authority granted to the head of any agency under any other provision of law to make appointments without regard to a provision of chapter 33.


Agency defined

The term agency has the meaning given such term under section 551.



Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 31 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item related to section 3116 the following item:

3117. Agency appointment flexibility.