Dean Heller (Republican – Nevada) introduced S. 114 in order to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report on the performance awards and bonuses presented to Regional Office Directors of the VA, Directors of Medical Centers of the VA, and Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks
The bill was introduced on January 12, 2017 in the Senate and was placed into the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill passed the Senate without amendment by unanimous consent and was sent to the House on May 25, 2017. The bill was placed within the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. The bill was amended by the House of Representatives and sent to a vote to pass the bill that included the amendment. The bill failed by a vote of 219-186 (2/3 vote required).
The bill was sent to the House as follows and was subsequently amended (see Amendments, below):
The bill proposed 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, and Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks.
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.
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.
Robert Casey (Democrat – Pennsylvania)