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Introduced in Senate (09/14/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3330


To reduce the benefits of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who are medical professionals and were convicted of violent crimes against veterans, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 14, 2016

Mr. Moran introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To reduce the benefits of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who are medical professionals and were convicted of violent crimes against veterans, 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 “Accountability to Safeguard Veterans from Violent Crimes Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Reduction of benefits for medical professionals of Department of Veterans Affairs convicted of violent crimes against veterans.

(a) In general.—Chapter 7 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 715. Reduction of benefits of medical professionals convicted of violent crimes against veterans

“(a) Reduction of annuity for removed employee.—The covered service of an individual removed from a covered position under section 713 of this title or subchapter V of chapter 74 of this title shall not be taken into account for purposes of calculating an annuity with respect to such individual under chapter 83 or chapter 84 of title 5, if the individual is convicted of a crime of violence against a veteran while employed in the covered position.

“(b) Reduction of annuity for retired employee.— (1) The Secretary may order that the covered service of an individual who is subject to a removal or transfer action under section 713 of this title or subchapter V of chapter 74 of this title but who leaves employment at the Department prior to the issuance of a final decision with respect to such action shall not be taken into account for purposes of calculating an annuity with respect to such individual under chapter 83 or chapter 84 of title 5, if the individual is convicted of a crime of violence against a veteran while employed in the covered position.

“(2) The Secretary shall make such an order not later than 7 days after the date on which such individual is convicted of such felony.

“(3) Not later than 30 days after the Secretary issues any order with respect to an individual under paragraph (1), the Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall recalculate the annuity of the individual.

“(c) Lump-Sum Annuity Credit.—Any individual with respect to whom an annuity is reduced under subsection (a) or (b) shall be entitled to be paid so much of such individual’s lump-sum credit as is attributable to the period of covered service.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘covered position’ is a position listed in section 7401(1) of this title that is not a senior executive position.

“(2) The term ‘covered service’ means, with respect to an individual subject to a removal or transfer action under section 713 of this title or subchapter V of chapter 74 of this title, the period of service beginning on the date that the Secretary determines under such section or subchapter that such individual engaged in activity that gave rise to such action and ending on the date that such individual is removed from the civil service or leaves employment at the Department prior to the issuance of a final decision with respect to such action, as the case may be.

“(3) The term ‘crime of violence’ has the meaning given such term in section 16 of title 18.

“(4) The term ‘lump-sum credit’ has the meaning given such term in section 8331(8) or section 8401(19) of title 5, as the case may be.

“(5) The term ‘senior executive position’ has the meaning given such term in section 713(g) of this title.

“(6) The term ‘service’ has the meaning given such term in section 8331(12) or section 8401(26) of title 5, as the case may be.”.

(b) Application.—Section 715 of such title, as added by subsection (a), shall apply to any action of removal or transfer under section 713 of such title or subchapter V of chapter 74 of such title commencing on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:


“715. Reduction of benefits of medical professionals convicted of violent crimes against veterans.”.


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