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Short Titles as Passed House

VA Accountability Act of 2015

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VA Accountability Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

VA Accountability Act of 2015

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (5)

Date Actions Overview
07/29/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 - 170 (Roll no. 489).
07/27/2015Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, H. Rept. 114-225, Part II.
07/23/2015Committee on Oversight and Government discharged.
07/23/2015Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 114-225, Part I.
04/23/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (45)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/30/2015SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
07/29/2015-6:02pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/29/2015-6:02pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 - 170 (Roll no. 489).
07/29/2015-5:55pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 241 (Roll no. 488).
07/29/2015-5:47pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H5652)
07/29/2015-5:40pmHouseFloor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs may not remove or demote an individual that has filed a whistleblower complaint or sought corrective action from the Office of Special Counsel or the Inspector General regarding a threat to the health or safety of the public or regarding a prohibited personnel practice.
07/29/2015-5:40pmHouseMr. Takano moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (consideration: CR H5651-5653; text: CR H5651)
07/29/2015-5:39pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H5631-5635)
07/29/2015-5:39pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H5651)
07/29/2015-5:38pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1994.
07/29/2015-5:38pmHouseH.Amdt.693 On agreeing to the Takano amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 191 - 233 (Roll no. 487).
07/29/2015-5:33pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
07/29/2015-5:32pmHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
07/29/2015-5:32pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5650-5653)
07/29/2015-4:20pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1994 as unfinished business.
07/29/2015-4:20pmHouseOn motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
07/29/2015-4:20pmHouseMr. Miller (FL) moved that the Committee rise.
07/29/2015-4:20pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
07/29/2015-3:58pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 2.
07/29/2015-3:58pmHouseH.Amdt.693 Amendment (A002) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano. (consideration: CR H5637-5640, H5650-5651; text: CR H5637-5638)
07/29/2015-3:57pmHouseH.Amdt.692 On agreeing to the Benishek amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
07/29/2015-3:47pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Benishek amendment No. 1.
07/29/2015-3:47pmHouseH.Amdt.692 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Benishek. (consideration: CR H5635-5637; text: CR H5635-5636)
07/29/2015-3:07pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole resumed its sitting.
07/29/2015-3:07pmHouseThe Committee rose informally to recieve a message from the President.
07/29/2015-2:38pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1994.
07/29/2015-2:37pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Fortenberry to act as Chairman of the Committee.
07/29/2015-2:37pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 388 and Rule XVIII.
07/29/2015-2:37pmHousePrevious question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994, The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution .
07/29/2015-2:37pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 388. (consideration: CR H5623-5627, H5627-5640)
07/28/2015-7:28pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 388 Reported to House. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994, The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution .
07/27/2015HouseSupplemental report filed by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, H. Rept. 114-225, Part II.
07/23/2015HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 170.
07/23/2015HouseCommittee on Oversight and Government discharged.
07/23/2015HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 114-225, Part I.
07/15/2015HouseOrdered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
07/15/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
06/25/2015HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote .
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
06/25/2015HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
06/02/2015HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
05/11/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
04/23/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/23/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/23/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/23/2015HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (98)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6]* 04/23/2015
Rep. Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]* 04/23/2015
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5]* 04/23/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1]* 04/23/2015
Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18]* 04/23/2015
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] 04/28/2015
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] 04/28/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 04/29/2015
Rep. Radewagen, Aumua Amata Coleman [R-AS-At Large] 04/29/2015
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] 04/29/2015
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] 04/30/2015
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 04/30/2015
Rep. Westmoreland, Lynn A. [R-GA-3] 05/01/2015
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] 05/12/2015
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3] 05/12/2015
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] 05/12/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 05/12/2015
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 05/12/2015
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] 05/12/2015
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 05/12/2015
Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15] 05/12/2015
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] 05/13/2015
Rep. Price, Tom [R-GA-6] 05/13/2015
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 05/13/2015
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3] 05/13/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large] 05/13/2015
Rep. McSally, Martha [R-AZ-2] 05/13/2015
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 05/13/2015
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] 05/13/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 05/13/2015
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] 05/13/2015
Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] 05/13/2015
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 05/13/2015
Rep. DeSantis, Ron [R-FL-6] 05/19/2015
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] 05/20/2015
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] 05/20/2015
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] 05/21/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 05/21/2015
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] 06/01/2015
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5] 06/01/2015
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 06/01/2015
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] 06/01/2015
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] 06/01/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 06/02/2015
Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] 06/02/2015
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2] 06/03/2015
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] 06/03/2015
Rep. Roby, Martha [R-AL-2] 06/04/2015
Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] 06/09/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 06/09/2015
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] 06/09/2015
Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] 06/09/2015
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14] 06/10/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 06/11/2015
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] 06/15/2015
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 06/15/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 06/15/2015
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 06/15/2015
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 06/15/2015
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] 06/15/2015
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4] 06/16/2015
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 06/16/2015
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] 06/17/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large] 06/17/2015
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 06/23/2015
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] 06/23/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 06/23/2015
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] 06/23/2015
Rep. Guinta, Frank C. [R-NH-1] 06/24/2015
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 06/24/2015
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 06/24/2015
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 06/25/2015
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 06/25/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 07/07/2015
Rep. Garrett, Scott [R-NJ-5] 07/07/2015
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 07/09/2015
Rep. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY-At Large] 07/09/2015
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10] 07/09/2015
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 07/15/2015
Rep. Rigell, E. Scott [R-VA-2] 07/15/2015
Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2] 07/15/2015
Rep. Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19] 07/16/2015
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] 07/16/2015
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] 07/16/2015
Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3] 07/20/2015
Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] 07/20/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4] 07/20/2015
Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] 07/20/2015
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 07/21/2015
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] 07/21/2015
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 07/21/2015
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12] 07/21/2015
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] 07/21/2015
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8] 07/22/2015
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] 07/22/2015
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] 07/22/2015
Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] 07/22/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 07/23/2015
Cosponsors Who Withdrew Date Cosponsored Date Withdrawn CR Explanation
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 05/12/2015 06/02/2015 --

Committees (3)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs04/23/2015 Referred to
07/15/2015 Markup by
07/27/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-225
H. Rept. 114-225
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity05/11/2015 Referred to
06/02/2015 Hearings by
06/25/2015 Markup by
06/25/2015 Reported by
House Oversight and Government Reform04/23/2015 Referred to
07/23/2015 Discharged from
Senate Veterans' Affairs07/30/2015 Referred to

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Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House amended (07/29/2015)

VA Accountability Act of 2015

(Sec. 2) This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to remove or demote a VA employee based on performance or misconduct.

The VA may also remove an individual from the civil service or demote the individual through a reduction in grade or annual pay rate.

A demoted individual: (1) shall be paid at the demoted rate as of the date of demotion, (2) may not be placed on administrative leave or any other category of paid leave while an appeal is ongoing, and (3) may only receive pay and other benefits if the individual reports for duty.

The VA shall notify Congress of, and the reason for, any removal or demotion.

An employee shall have the right to an appeal before the Merit Systems Protection Board within seven days of removal or demotion. If an administrative judge does not make a final decision within 45 days the original decision becomes final. The Board or an administrative judge may not stay any removal or demotion.

Between the date on which an individual appeals a removal from the civil service and the date on which the administrative judge issues a final decision on the appeal, the individual may not receive any pay, awards, bonuses, incentives, allowances, differentials, student loan repayments, special payments, or benefits.

The VA may not remove or demote an employee during the pendency of a whistle blower complaint made to the VA Office of Special Counsel or to the central whistle blower office until a final decision has been made.

The Special Counsel may terminate an investigation of a prohibited personnel practice alleged by a VA employee or former employee after it has given the individual a written statement of the reasons for the termination.

(Sec. 3) An individual's appointment to a permanent position within the competitive service or as a career appointee within the Senior Executive Service (SES) shall become final after an 18-month probationary period, which the VA may extend. Final appointment shall be made by the employee's supervisor.

(Sec. 4) There is established an additional method for filing whistle blower complaints in which a VA employee may file such complaints with his or her immediate and next-level supervisors, and ultimately with the VA after having properly filed a complaint at each supervisory level.

If a supervisor makes a positive determination regarding such complaint the VA shall: (1) inform the employee of the ability to volunteer for a transfer, and (2) give preference to such transfer.

The VA may not exempt any employee from such whistle blower coverage.

The central whistle blower office shall be responsible for investigating all VA whistle blower complaints, regardless of whether such complaints are made by or against an employee who is not a SES member.

The VA shall ensure that the central whistle blower office:

  • is not an element of the Office of the General Counsel;
  • is not headed by an official who reports to the General Counsel;
  • does not provide, or receive from, the General Counsel any information regarding a whistle blower complaint except pursuant to an action regarding the complaint before an administrative body or court; and
  • does not provide advice to the General Counsel.

The VA shall carry out the following adverse actions against a supervisor who commits a prohibited personnel action relating to a whistle blower complaint:

  • for a first offense, an adverse action that is not less than a 14-day suspension and not more than removal; and
  • for a second offense, removal.

A supervisor subject to an adverse employment action shall have five days to respond to a notification of the proposed action, and if the supervisor's response is inadequate or untimely, the adverse action will take effect.

The criteria used to evaluate a supervisor's performance shall include whistle blower-related actions.

A supervisor who commits a prohibited personnel action shall not be paid any award or bonus for a one-year period, and any award or bonus paid during that period shall be recouped.

VA employees shall receive annual whistle blower complaint training.

(Sec. 5) The VA shall provide five annual performance level ratings for SES employees as follows:

  • outstanding,
  • exceeds fully successful,
  • fully successful,
  • minimally satisfactory, and
  • unsatisfactory.

The number of employees who may receive outstanding or exceeds fully successful ratings in each year is limited.

At least once every five years the VA shall reassign each individual employed in an SES position to a position at a different location that does not include the supervision of the same personnel or programs. The VA may waive this requirement if it notifies Congress of the waiver and the reasons for it.

The VA shall enter into a contract with a nongovernmental entity to review the SES management training program.

(Sec. 6) The VA shall reduce the federal annuity of an individual removed from the SES who: (1) is convicted of a felony that influenced his or her performance while employed in that position, and (2) was afforded prior notice and an opportunity for a hearing conducted by another department or federal agency.

The VA may reduce the federal annuity of an individual convicted of such a felony and who was subject to removal or transfer from the SES, but who left the VA before final action was taken.

(Sec. 7) The VA may not place an employee on administrative leave or any other type of paid non-duty status for more than a total of 14 days during any 365-day period. The VA may waive this prohibition if it gives Congress a detailed explanation of the reasons the employee was placed on such leave or status and the reasons for extending that placement.

(Sec. 8) Congressional testimony by a VA employee in his or her official capacity shall be considered official duty, and the VA shall provide any such employee with travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, during the period when the employee is so testifying.

(Sec. 9) The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 is amended to reduce to $300 million the aggregate amount of awards and bonuses that may be paid by the VA in each of FY2015-FY2018.

(Sec. 10) The Government Accountability Office shall study the amount of time spent by VA employees carrying out labor organizing activities and the amount of VA space used for such activities.

(Sec. 11) The VA Inspector General shall submit to the VA and to Congress any report that recommends actions to address an issue with respect to public health or safety relating to misconduct by a VA employee.

Such a report shall include: (1) an explanation of any VA-recommended changes to the report during the period in which the Inspector General was preparing the report, and (2) the names of each responsible manager (which the Inspector General shall not make public).

The VA: (1) shall notify each responsible manager within seven days and provide such person with appropriate counseling and a mitigation plan to resolve the issue, and (2) may not pay any bonus or award to such manager if an issue is unresolved.