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Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Short Titles as Passed Senate

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (7)

Date
06/23/2017Became Public Law No: 115-41. (TXT | PDF)
06/23/2017Signed by President.
06/22/2017Presented to President.
06/13/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 368 - 55 (Roll no. 307).(text: CR H4884-4889)
06/06/2017Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.
05/24/2017Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Isakson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
05/11/2017Introduced in Senate

All Actions (24)

Date Chamber
06/23/2017Became Public Law No: 115-41. (TXT | PDF)
06/23/2017Signed by President.
06/22/2017SenatePresented to President.
06/13/2017-4:36pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/13/2017-4:36pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 368 - 55 (Roll no. 307). (text: CR H4884-4889)
06/13/2017-4:25pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H4899)
06/13/2017-3:37pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on S. 1094, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Roe (TN) demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of S. 1094 until later in the legislative day.
06/13/2017-3:36pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H4896)
06/13/2017-2:37pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 1094.
06/13/2017-2:37pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 2581 and S. 1094, with 1 hour of general debate for each bill. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except a motion to recommit with or without instructions on H.R. 2581, and a motion to commit on S. 1094. Both measures will be considered read and are closed to amendments.
06/13/2017-2:37pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 378. (consideration: CR H4884-4896)
06/13/2017-1:28pmHouseRule H. Res. 378 passed House.
06/12/2017-7:15pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 378 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2581 and S. 1094. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2581 and S. 1094, with 1 hour of general debate for each bill. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except a motion to recommit with or without instructions on H.R. 2581, and a motion to commit on S. 1094. Both measures will be considered read and are closed to amendments.
06/07/2017-5:33pmHouseHeld at the desk.
06/07/2017-12:24pmHouseReceived in the House.
06/07/2017SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
06/06/2017SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.
06/06/2017SenateThe committee substitute agreed to by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S3261-3266)
06/06/2017SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
05/24/2017SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 103.
05/24/2017SenateCommittee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Isakson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
05/24/2017SenateCommittee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
05/17/2017SenateCommittee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 115-299.
05/11/2017SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Cosponsors (39)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]* 05/11/2017
Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]* 05/11/2017
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] 05/15/2017
Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] 05/15/2017
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] 05/15/2017
Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] 05/16/2017
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] 05/16/2017
Sen. Cochran, Thad [R-MS] 05/17/2017
Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] 05/17/2017
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] 05/18/2017
Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] 05/22/2017
Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] 05/22/2017
Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] 05/22/2017
Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] 05/22/2017
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] 05/23/2017
Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] 05/23/2017
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] 05/25/2017
Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL] 05/25/2017
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] 05/25/2017
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] 06/05/2017
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] 06/05/2017
Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] 06/05/2017
Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN] 06/05/2017
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] 06/05/2017
Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] 06/06/2017
Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] 06/06/2017
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] 06/06/2017
Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] 06/06/2017
Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] 06/06/2017
Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] 06/06/2017
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] 06/06/2017
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] 06/06/2017

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Veterans' Affairs05/11/2017 Referred to
05/17/2017 Hearings by
05/24/2017 Markup by
05/24/2017 Reported by

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Latest Summary (2)

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Public Law No: 115-41 (06/23/2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

TITLE I--OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION

(Sec. 101) This bill establishes in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection which shall advise the VA on all matters relating to accountability, including VA employee accountability, whistle-blower disclosures and related retaliation, and senior executive service (SES) and supervisory misconduct.

The office shall be headed by an Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.

(Sec. 102) The bill revises whistle-blower protections.

The VA shall develop supervisory performance criteria that include whistle-blower protection and provide employees with whistle-blower disclosure and merit system protection training.

TITLE II--ACCOUNTABILITY OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES, SUPERVISORS, AND OTHER EMPLOYEES

(Sec. 201) The bill revises VA authority to remove certain employees or senior executives for reasons of misconduct or performance, including to permit such individuals to be reprimanded or suspended.

(Sec. 202) The VA may remove, demote, or suspend other VA employees based on performance or misconduct. The VA may also remove or suspend such employee from the civil service or demote the employee through a reduction in grade and salary.

A demoted individual may not be placed on administrative leave during an appeal period, and may receive pay only if he or she reports for duty or is approved to use certain leave. A demoted individual who does not report for duty or receive leave approval shall not receive pay or other benefits.

The VA shall issue a final written decision with respect to a removal, demotion, or suspension within 15 business days after the individual has been provided with notice and an evidentiary file.

The bill establishes an expedited appeals process, including the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board and the right to appeal a board decision to a U.S. Court of Appeals or to any court of appeals of competent jurisdiction.

The VA may not remove, demote, or suspend an employee who: (1) is seeking corrective action from the Office of Special Counsel based on discrimination without the office's approval, and (2) has made a whistle-blower disclosure to the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection until a final determination of the case has been made.

(Sec. 203) The VA shall reduce the federal annuity of an individual removed from the SES who is convicted of a felony that influenced his or her performance while employed in such position. The VA may 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. The bill provides for appeals to the Office of Personnel Management.

(Sec. 204) The VA may recoup an award, a bonus, or relocation expenses paid to a VA employee under specified circumstances.

(Sec. 206) The bill shortens a supervisor's time to respond to a notice of an adverse action from 14 days to 10 days.

(Sec. 207) The VA may directly appoint qualifying individuals to the positions of Medical Center Director and Director of Veterans Integrated Service Network.

(Sec. 208) The bill revises time periods for adverse action reviews for physicians, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, and expanded-function dental auxiliaries.

(Sec. 209) The VA shall provide supervisors with periodic training regarding whistle-blower rights, hostile work environments, and managing underperforming employees.