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Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans 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 (3)

Date Actions Overview
05/25/2017Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S3189-3190)
05/25/2017Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
01/03/2017Introduced in Senate

All Actions (9)

Date Chamber All Actions
05/26/2017HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
05/26/2017-10:02amHouseReceived in the House.
05/25/2017SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
05/25/2017SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S3189-3190)
05/25/2017SenateS.Amdt.218 Amendment SA 218 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
05/25/2017SenateS.Amdt.218 Amendment SA 218 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Moran. (consideration: CR S3189; text: CR S3189) To improve the bill by striking section 2, relating to reduction of benefits for senior executives and certain health care employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs convicted of a felony.
05/25/2017SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S3189-3190)
05/25/2017SenateSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
01/03/2017SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Cosponsors (2)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* 01/03/2017
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]* 01/03/2017

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Veterans' Affairs01/03/2017 Referred to
05/25/2017 Discharged from
House Veterans' Affairs05/26/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed Senate amended (05/25/2017)

Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an annual performance plan for each political appointee that is similar to the plan conducted for career appointee Senior Executive Service employees.

Each plan conducted with respect to a VA political appointee shall assess whether such appointee is: (1) recruiting and retaining well-qualified individuals, (2) motivating employees, (3) training and developing employees and preparing them for future leadership roles, and (4) holding managers accountable for addressing performance issues.

(Sec. 3) The supervisor of a probationary VA employee shall determine, during the 30-day period ending on the date on which the probationary period ends, whether the employee has demonstrated successful performance and should continue past the probationary period. No VA employee serving a probationary period may complete such period until the employee's supervisor or another appropriate supervisor has made an affirmative performance determination. If no such determination is made before the end of the 60-day period following such 30-day period, the probationary period shall be deemed to have been completed.

The VA shall notify Congress at least monthly regarding negative determinations.

A successful assessment of a supervisor's probationary period shall include demonstration of management competencies, in addition to the technical skills required for such position.

A supervisor's performance plan shall include feedback on his or her actions during an employee's probationary period.

(Sec. 4) The VA shall ensure that, as a part of a manager's annual performance plan, the manager is evaluated on actions taken to: (1) address poor employee performance and misconduct, and (2) improve or sustain high levels of employee engagement.

(Sec. 5) Before terminating VA employment, an official who has participated personally and substantially during the past year in a VA acquisition that exceeds $10 million shall obtain a written opinion from a VA ethics counselor regarding any restrictions on activities that the official may undertake on behalf of a contractor carrying out a VA contract (covered contractor) during the two-year period after the official terminates VA employment. A covered contractor may not knowingly provide compensation to such a separated VA official during the two-year period after separation unless the contractor determines that the individual has obtained or requested such opinion.