Summary

4/12/2013--Introduced.Common Sense in Compensation Act - Prohibits any discretionary monetary payment to an employee of a federal executive agency during the period beginning on the enactment of this... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jul 24, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To establish limitations, for fiscal years 2013, 2014, and 2015 on the total amount in awards or other discretionary monetary payments which may be paid to any Federal employee.

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 ``Common Sense in Compensation Act''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

For purposes of this Act-- (1) the term ``employee'' means an employee (as defined by section 2105(a) of title 5, United States Code) holding a position in or under an Executive agency; (2) the term ``Executive agency'' has the meaning given such term by section 105 of title 5, United States Code; (3) the term ``discretionary monetary payment'' means-- (A) any award or other monetary payment under chapter 45, or section 5753 or 5754, of title 5, United States Code; and (B) any step-increase under section 5336 of title 5, United States Code; (4) the term ``covered compensation'', as used with respect to an employee in connection with any period, means the sum of-- (A) the basic pay, and (B) any discretionary monetary payments (excluding basic pay), payable to such employee during such period; and (5) the term ``basic pay'' means basic pay for service as an employee.

SEC. 3. LIMITATIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no discretionary monetary payment may be made to an employee-- (1) during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending...

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Nation

446 Supporting
47 Opposing
90% 10%

State: CA

24 Supporting
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86% 14%

District: 1st

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H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 1541 would cap, at five percent of annual base pay, the total amount of monetary awards, including merit-based performance awards and recruitment and retention awards, that executive branch employees may earn in a year when sequestration is in effect. While most federal employees do not receive awards of five percent or more, agencies should not be denied the ability to reward superior performance in their efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Congress routinely expresses support for greater efforts that embrace performance management and incentives for federal employees; this measure undermines the ability of agencies to reward and incentivize excellent performance. Our Coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 1541 (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

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Dear Congressperson: I support S. 1541 ("A bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of") because my husband works hard and sacrifices so much to defend this country. His pay should not be held hostage because of someone's own personal agenda. If our country is having such a hard time paying its bills and passing a budget then the last thing we need to do is send billions of dollars overseas in the name of foreign aide. Now is the time to start worrying about the horrible shape this country that we love is in and STOP trying to fix everyone else's problems when we can't even fix our own. Dana Baylis US Navy Wife

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daynab108
SC-6
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because...bonuses are not warranted as demontrated by Senior Executives at the IRS.. I would add, in times of high unemployment and huge deficits--NO BONUSES or MERIT INCREASES.

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bwill
PA-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because... What ever happened to the Service aspect of Government Service?

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AL
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TerryRichmond
AL-6
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because... the government is NOT a private enterprise, using their OWN capital and investment to "reward" and retain their employees. Using taxpayer money shouldn't allow free rein.

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RDAVID831
LA-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because... The Fed continues to increase spending while the economy tanks.

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Tiberius
AK-0
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because I like that H.R. 1541 has a time limit out to 2015 and yes, for those that don't live in D.C., some government employees are way overpaid.

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John1974
VA-8
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act.

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WA
9
Anonymous406439
WA-9
8 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because... this bill should be applied only to congress and upper positions of the government and not to entry and mid-level jobs , nor to police and fire agencies.

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FL
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ssbohn
FL-9
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because until the federal budget is under control, spending is reduced, government is reduced -- no one should receive any type of monetary award or salary increase --NO federal employee, NO person in the judicial, legislative or executive branches should receive any salary increase. Also, 15% of all federal jobs should be eliminated and NO new hires period until the spending is under control and the budget is balanced.

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Ret1
NC-8
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because I do not know any overpaid government employees. This legislation might make sense if it also curtailed the salaries of the top 1 %. No one needs to earn over $1,000,000.00 per year.

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messgwg
PA-7
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because for the last few years many government employees have not had a raise and this would continue to prevent them from getting paid a proper salary.

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NY
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thompn4
NY-19
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1541: Common Sense in Compensation Act because... No limits on Awards. What !!, their payed to do a job now. They don't need awards or bonuses to do a job their getting payed for. NO awards or bonuses for any one in Government jobs.

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AZ
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bratglen
AZ-4
1 year ago

Bill Summary

4/12/2013--Introduced.Common Sense in Compensation Act - Prohibits any discretionary monetary payment to an employee of a federal executive agency during the period beginning on the enactment of this Act and the close of FY2013, or during FY2014 or FY2015, to the extent that such payment would cause the employee's total covered compensation (i.e., basic pay and discretionary monetary payment) to exceed 105% of the total amount of such employees basic pay (before the application of any step-increase). Defines "discretionary monetary payment" as any award or other monetary payment and any step-increase.

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