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Referred in Senate (09/17/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5169


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 17 (legislative day, September 16), 2014

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


AN ACT

To amend title 5, United States Code, to enhance accountability within the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Senior Executive Service Accountability Act”.

SEC. 2. Biennial justification of positions.

Section 3133(a)(2) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after “positions” the following: “, with a justification for each position (by title and organizational location) and the specific result expected from each position, including the impact of such result on the agency mission,”.

SEC. 3. Extension of probationary period.

(a) In general.—Section 3393(d) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking “1-year” and inserting “2-year”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 3592(a)(1) of such title is amended by striking “1-year” and inserting “2-year”.

SEC. 4. Modification of pay retention for Senior Executive Service members removed for under performance.

Section 3594(c)(1)(B) of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(B) (i) any career appointee placed under subsection (a) or (b)(2) of this section shall be entitled to receive basic pay at the highest of—

“(I) the rate of basic pay in effect for the position in which placed;

“(II) the rate of basic pay in effect at the time of the placement for the position the career appointee held in the civil service immediately before being appointed to the Senior Executive Service; or

“(III) the rate of basic pay in effect for the career appointee immediately before being placed under subsection (a) or (b) of this section; and

“(ii) any career appointee placed under subsection (b)(1) of this section shall be entitled to receive basic pay at the rate of basic pay in effect for the position in which placed; and”.

SEC. 5. Requirement that performance requirements be established in advance.

Section 4312(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking “on or” and inserting “not later than 30 calendar days”; and

(2) by inserting “in writing” after “communicated”.

SEC. 6. Amendments to adverse action provisions with respect to career appointees in the Senior Executive Service.

(a) Suspension for 14 days or less for senior executive service employee.—Paragraph (1) of Section 7501 of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(1) ‘employee’ means—

“(A) an individual in the competitive service who is not serving a probationary period or trial period under an initial appointment or who has completed 1 year of current continuous employment in the same or similar positions under other than a temporary appointment limited to 1 year or less; or

“(B) a career appointee in the Senior Executive Service who—

“(i) has completed the probationary period prescribed under section 3393(d); or

“(ii) was covered by the provisions of subchapter II of this chapter immediately before appointment to the Senior Executive Service; and”.

(b) Modification of cause and procedure for suspension and termination.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 7543 of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(A) in subsection (a), by striking “misconduct,” and inserting “such cause as would promote the efficiency of the service, misconduct,”;

(B) in subsection (b)(4), by adding at the end before the period the following: “, but no later than 30 days after the date that the employee’s answer was received under paragraph (2)”;

(C) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), and (e) as subsections (d), (e), and (f), respectively;

(D) by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

“(c) An agency head may extend the deadline for an employee to answer under subsection (b)(2) or the deadline for the agency to issue a written decision under subsection (b)(4) for no more than 30 days each. Any extension by the agency head under this subsection must be in writing and document the reasons for granting the extension.”; and

(E) by adding at the end the following:

“(g) (1) With respect to an employee subject to removal under this subchapter, if a final order or decision is issued in favor of the agency by the agency, the Merit Systems Protection Board, or the applicable reviewing court under section 7703, the employee—

“(A) shall pay to the agency an amount equal to any pay received by the employee during the period beginning on the date that the employee received notice under subsection (b)(1) and ending on the date of such final order or decision; and

“(B) have removed from such employee’s credit any annual leave accrued during such period.

“(2) Paragraph (1) shall apply only to an employee who, during the period described in paragraph (1)(A), is placed on administrative leave or any other type of leave whereby the employee is in a status without duties but with pay.”.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Subchapter V of chapter 35 of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(A) in section 3593—

(i) in subsection (a)(2), by striking “misconduct,” and inserting “such cause as would promote the efficiency of the service, misconduct,”; and

(ii) in subsection (b), by striking “misconduct,” and inserting “such cause as would promote the efficiency of the service, misconduct,”; and

(B) in section 3594(a), by striking “misconduct,” and inserting “such cause as would promote the efficiency of the service, misconduct,”.

Passed the House of Representatives September 16, 2014.

    Attest: karen l. haas,   
    Clerk

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