US Laws and Regulations (For Federal Government Employees)

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This is the executive branch’s human resources department. It handles all HR issues for agencies reporting to the president.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM)


This part of the law prohibits consideration of marital status, political activity, or political affiliation in dealing with federal civilian employees. It also created the Office of Special Counsel, which accepts employee complaints and investigates and resolves them.

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)


This is the agency that enforces federal civilian employee rights to form unions and bargain with their agencies. It establishes standards of behavior for union officers; these standards are enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards in the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)


This law requires Congress and its affiliated agencies to abide by 12 specific laws that are already applied to other employers, in and out of government.

The Congressional Accountability Act (1995)


This law, sometimes referred to as the Lincoln law, prohibits such dishonest transactions. It prohibits making and using false records to get those claims paid. It also prohibits selling the government goods that are known to be defective.

The False Claims Act (1863)


This Cabinet-level organization (Department of Homeland Security) was created by Congress and President George W. Bush to consolidate security efforts related to protecting U.S. geography.

The Homeland Security Act (2002)


This law provides that governmental agencies must make known to the public their data collection and storage activities and must provide copies of pertinent records to individual citizens when requested, with some exemptions. These exemptions include law enforcement, congressional investigations, census use for “archival purposes,” and other administrative purposes.

The Privacy Act (1974)


It gives the government authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to terrorism, computer fraud, and abuse offenses. It also provides the authorization for collecting agencies to share the information they collect in the interest of law enforcement.

The USA Patriot Act (2001)