The House Friday afternoon passed the final version of legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, sending the bill to the White House for the president's signature.
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The Homeland Security Department’s leaders must consult with employee organizations before making any changes to civil service rules for the department’s 170,000 employees, under the law creating the new Cabinet-level agency.
Civil service laws governing pay and promotions, job classification, collective bargaining, performance appraisals, discipline and firing will not apply to the 170,000 employees of the new Homeland Security Department under the homeland legislation approved by Congress this week.
Most, and possibly all, employees of the new Homeland Security Department will have full whistleblower protections under a provision in the homeland security bill.