Claudia Tenney introduced H.R. 1690 to require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to “submit an annual report to specified congressional committees on the performance awards presented to Regional Office Directors of the VA, Directors of Medical Centers of the VA, Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks, and any other individual employed in a senior executive position.”

BILL STATUS

The bill was introduced on March 22, 2017 in the House of Representatives and was sent to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill passed the House with an amendment by a voice vote on July 24, 2017. The bill was sent to the Senate on July 24, 2017.

BILL SUMMARY

The bill proposes to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the secretary of the VA to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. A new section was added to Chapter 7 of title 38 to say that no later than 30 days after the end of the fiscal year, the VA Secretary is required to submit a report that contains performance award and bonus award descriptions that were granted to Regional Office Directors of the Department, Directors of Medical Centers of the Department, Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks and other individuals employed in senior executive positions.

The reports are required to include: the amount of each award or bonus; the job title of the individual granted the award or bonus, and the location where the individual granted the award or bonus works.

AMENDMENTS

According to the July 24, 2017 House Proceedings summary, an amendment was considered during the vote to pass the bill. As of now, a description of the proposed changes is not available. This bill is almost identical to S. 114, with the exception that the house version includes other high-ranking executive positions not outlined in the Senate bill.

COSPONSORS

Mark Takano (Democrat – California)
J. Luis Correa (Democrat – California)
Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat – Hawaii)
John J. Faso (Republican – New York)
Walter B. Jones, Jr. (Republican – North Carolina)
Jim Banks (Republican – Indiana)
Mike Coffman (Republican – Colorado)
Chris Collins (Republican – New York)
Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat – Arizona)
Brian K. Fitzpatrick (Republican – Pennsylvania)
Elise M. Stefanik (Republican – New York)
Luke Messer (Republican – Indiana)

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