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Press Release Published:May 19, 2022

Herrell Introduces Bill to Ensure Federal Workforce Provides Timely Services to the American People

Pandemic-era telework has harmed the federal government’s service to Americans

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) introduced H.R. 7835, the Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems (SHOW UP) Act, to ensure the federal workforce provides timely services to the American people. The bill prevents the Biden Administration from unilaterally making pandemic-era telework for the federal workforce permanent until it provides Congress with its plan to avoid the adverse effects of remote work. 

“Americans are struggling to receive their tax refunds, veterans are having difficulties accessing their benefits, and it’s all because of backlogs created by the Biden Administration’s expanded telework policies for federal bureaucrats. It is long overdue for the federal workforce to return to work in person. The federal government exists to serve the American people and Congress has a responsibility to ensure federal agencies are meeting their missions,” said Congresswoman Herrell. “I’m proud to introduce the SHOW UP Act, which will rein in President Biden’s attempt to keep federal bureaucrats out of the office. If my constituents in New Mexico and other Americans are expected to show up to work, federal employees should be held to the same standard.”  

The federal government’s expansion of telework during the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted Americans across the country and continues to affect federal agency missions. Using the pandemic experience as an excuse, the Biden Administration intends to permanently expand telework for federal employees with no concern for the possible impacts on agency performance. The SHOW UP Act requires federal agencies to fully return to their pre-pandemic telework policies so that employees will be in-person. The bill also requires federal agencies to complete and submit to Congress studies detailing how pandemic-era telework levels impacted their missions.

Original cosponsors of the SHOW UP Act include Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas), Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).

A one-page summary of the bill can be found here.
Bill text can be found here.