Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1259 - VA Accountability First Act of 2017

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Mar 15, 2017 2:25 PM

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DelBene (WA)

#2

Expands membership of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV)to include veterans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Duffy (WI)

#11

REVISED Directs the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to, at a minimum, suspend an individual who has been charged with the sexual assault of a patient at a Department of Veteran Affairs medical facility.

Hanabusa, Colleen (HI)

#13

Requires that the Secretary issue a final decision with respect to a removal, demotion, or suspension not later than ten business days after receiving the response of the individual.

Hanabusa, Colleen (HI)

#14

Allows the Secretary to reduce a demoted individual’s pay grade by a minimum of a step, depending on the severity of the misconduct.

Hanabusa, Colleen (HI)

#15

Requires the Secretary to consult with all employees who manage the individual in question in the determination of their performance or misconduct.

Kuster, Ann (NH)

#7

REVISED Includes as prohibited personnel practices as described in the whistleblower protection subsection of section 3 with those defined in 38 USC 733(c).

Kuster, Ann (NH)

#8

REVISED Includes actions taken by the central whistleblower office, including through anonymous means, in the whistleblower protections subsection of Section 3.

Kuster, Ann (NH)

#9

Requires VA supervisors to develop performance plans for employees, to include steps taken to address poor performance. It would also improve training for supervisors.

Lance (NJ)

#10

Requires a regional office to carry out certain steps if it does not adjudicate claims within 125 days with 98% accuracy. It also would require the Under Secretary for Benefits to explain how the failure of the regional office to meet their goal affected the performance evaluation of the director of the regional office.

O'Rourke (TX), Rice (SC)

#17

LATE Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with an experienced non-government entity to conduct an annual survey, over a five-year period, to determine the experiences of veterans in obtaining hospital care and medical services at each VA medical facility.

O'Rourke (TX)

#18

LATE Requires that the VA provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with a monthly report illustrating the national average wait times for mental health, primary care appointments, initial disability claims, and disability claims. Provides a Sense of Congress, stating that the VA must take a more effective approach to addressing veteran suicide and providing veterans access to mental healthcare.

Rice, Kathleen (NY)

#16

LATE Exempts veterans, members of uniformed services, and whistleblowers from the procedures established under Sections 3 and 9.

Roe (TN)

#6

MANAGER’S AMENDMENT Inserts "to or" after the word "paid" on page 20, line 15.

Takano (CA)

#3

SUBSTITUTE Provides for the suspension and removal of VA employees for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health and safety in place of the proposed removal process.

Takano (CA)

#4

SUBSTITUTE Restores collective bargaining grievance procedures for VA employees.

Taylor (VA)

#12

Requires the Veterans Administration to provide a semi-annual report to the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs outlining all instances of Senior Executives who are detailed to a new position within the agency. The report will contain details on the purpose of the reassignment as well as the costs associated with the reassignment.

Tenney (NY)

#5

Requires that bonuses awarded to senior-level executives within the Department of Veterans Affairs be reported to Congress on an annual basis.

Walz (MN)

#1

Grants the VA Secretary improved authorities to hold VA senior executives and employees accountable, protects employees’ constitutionally guaranteed due process rights, and protects employees’ collective bargaining rights under federal law.