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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

VA Accountability First Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to House

VA Accountability First Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

VA Accountability First Act of 2017

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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 (4)

Date
03/16/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 237 - 178 (Roll no. 168).
03/10/2017Committee on Oversight and Government discharged.
03/10/2017Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 115-34, Part I.
02/28/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (45)

Date Chamber
03/21/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/16/2017-5:59pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/16/2017-5:59pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 237 - 178 (Roll no. 168).
03/16/2017-5:53pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 229 (Roll no. 167).
03/16/2017-5:46pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
03/16/2017-5:39pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the 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 add language to the bill further defining protections to whistleblowers who file complaints.
03/16/2017-5:39pmHouseMr. Kihuen moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (text: CR H2133)
03/16/2017-5:37pmHouseThe 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 H2122-2125)
03/16/2017-5:36pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
03/16/2017-5:35pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1259.
03/16/2017-5:35pmHouseH.Amdt.87 On agreeing to the Takano amendment (A007) Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 232 (Roll no. 166).
03/16/2017-5:30pmHouseH.Amdt.82 On agreeing to the Walz amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 194 - 223 (Roll no. 165).
03/16/2017-5:05pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
03/16/2017-5:04pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano Part A amendment No. 9, 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.
03/16/2017-4:55pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano Part A amendment No. 9.
03/16/2017-4:55pmHouseH.Amdt.87 Amendment (A007) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano. (consideration: CR H2130-2132, H2132-2133; text: CR H2130-2131)
03/16/2017-4:54pmHouseH.Amdt.86 On agreeing to the Kuster (NH) amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
03/16/2017-4:50pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster(NH) Part A amendment No. 8.
03/16/2017-4:50pmHouseH.Amdt.86 Amendment (A006) offered by Ms. Kuster (NH). (consideration: CR H2129-2130; text: CR H2129-2130)
03/16/2017-4:50pmHouseH.Amdt.85 On agreeing to the Tenney amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
03/16/2017-4:45pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tenney Part A amendment No. 7.
03/16/2017-4:45pmHouseH.Amdt.85 Amendment (A005) offered by Ms. Tenney. (consideration: CR H2128-2129; text: CR H2128-2129)
03/16/2017-4:45pmHouseH.Amdt.84 On agreeing to the Taylor amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
03/16/2017-4:40pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Taylor Part A amendment No. 6.
03/16/2017-4:40pmHouseH.Amdt.84 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Taylor. (consideration: CR H2128; text: CR H2128)
03/16/2017-4:39pmHouseH.Amdt.83 On agreeing to the Kuster (NH) amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
03/16/2017-4:35pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster(NH) Part A amendment No. 4.
03/16/2017-4:35pmHouseH.Amdt.83 Amendment (A003) offered by Ms. Kuster (NH). (consideration: CR H2127-2128; text: CR H2127)
03/16/2017-4:35pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Walz Part A amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Walz demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
03/16/2017-4:26pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walz Part A amendment No. 2.
03/16/2017-4:26pmHouseH.Amdt.82 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Walz. (consideration: CR H2125-2127, H2132; text: CR H2125-2126)
03/16/2017-4:25pmHouseH.Amdt.81 On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
03/16/2017-4:25pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe (TN) Part A amendment No. 1.
03/16/2017-4:25pmHouseH.Amdt.81 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Roe (TN). (consideration: CR H2125; text: CR H2125)
03/16/2017-3:18pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1259.
03/16/2017-3:18pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Harold Rogers to act as Chairman of the Committee.
03/16/2017-3:18pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 198 and Rule XVIII.
03/16/2017-3:17pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 198. (consideration: CR H2114-2135)
03/10/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 16.
03/10/2017HouseCommittee on Oversight and Government discharged.
03/10/2017HouseReported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 115-34, Part I.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
02/28/2017HouseReferred 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.
02/28/2017HouseReferred 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.
02/28/2017HouseReferred 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.
02/28/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs02/28/2017 Referred to
03/10/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-34
House Oversight and Government Reform02/28/2017 Referred to
03/10/2017 Discharged from
Senate Veterans' Affairs03/21/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House amended (03/16/2017)

VA Accountability First Act of 2017

(Sec. 3) This bill revises the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to remove, demote by a reduction in grade and pay, or suspend a VA employee, including a member in a senior executive position, for reasons of performance or misconduct.

A demoted individual shall not be placed on administrative leave during the appeals period and may receive pay only if he or she reports for duty or is approved to use certain accrued unused leave.

An expedited appeals process is established for such VA decisions, including the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

The VA may not remove, demote, or suspend an employee: (1) without the approval of the Special Counsel if the individual seeks corrective action from the Office of Special Counsel based on an alleged prohibited personnel practice, and (2) until a final decision in the case of a whistle-blower complaint.

Whistle-blower protections are revised, including to prohibit the VA from taking any such action against a person who has a pending whistle-blower complaint.

(Sec. 4) The VA shall reduce the federal annuity of an individual removed from the VA Senior Executive Service (SES) who is convicted of a felony that influenced his or her performance while employed in such position.

The VA may: (1) reduce the federal annuity of an individual who was convicted of such a felony and was subject to removal or transfer from the SES but who left the VA before final action was taken; and (2) recoup an award, a bonus, or relocation expenses paid to a VA employee under specified circumstances.

(Sec. 8) The VA may directly appoint qualifying individuals to the positions of Medical Center Director and Director of Veterans Integrated Service Network.

(Sec. 9) The bill revises time periods for adverse action reviews with respect to physicians, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, and expanded-function dental auxiliaries.

(Sec. 10) The VA shall report to Congress annually on performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees.

(Sec. 11) The VA shall: (1) ensure that supervisors are evaluated on actions taken to improve employee performance, and (2) provide supervisors with training on whistle-blower protections.