Summary

5/21/2014--Passed House without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 21, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.

Date Introduced
Feb 11, 2014

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal of Senior Executive Service employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs for performance, and for other purposes.

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 ``Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. REMOVAL OF SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR PERFORMANCE.

(a) In General.--Chapter 7 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 713. Senior Executive Service: removal based on performance ``(a) In General.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may remove any individual from the Senior Executive Service if the Secretary determines the performance of the individual warrants such removal. If the Secretary so removes such an individual, the Secretary may-- ``(1) remove the individual from Federal service; or ``(2) transfer the individual to a General Schedule position at any grade of the General Schedule the Secretary determines appropriate. ``(b) Notice to Congress.--Not later than 30 days after removing an individual from the Senior Executive Service under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives notice in writing of such removal and the reason for such removal. ``(c) Manner of Removal.--A removal under this section shall be done in the same manner as...

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378 Supporting
22 Opposing
95% 6%

State: CA

24 Supporting
2 Opposing
92% 8%

District: 1st

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Organizations Supporting

(April 30, 2014) In 1918, when World War I ended, there was no national veterans hospital system. Compensation authorized for disabled veterans, widows and orphans was inadequate and delayed. The administration of veterans programs was in the hands of too many agencies and was neglected. This is why The American Legion worked closely with Congress over the next ten years to help establish what we know today as the Department of Veterans Affairs. The American Legion is a partner with the VA and has a vested interest in making sure it operates effectively and efficiently. We are consistently trying to improve the VA system and we demand and expect the highest level of professionalism and accountability from the career civil servants who staff this and other federal agencies with the aim of producing the highest quality government services for this nation’s veterans. Veterans need to know that the VA healthcare system is a safe place, where they can receive treatment and feel assured that patient safety is a top priority. However, because errors and lapses can occur in any system, The American Legion expects when such errors and lapses are discovered, that they are dealt with swiftly and that the responsible parties are held accountable. This is why The American Legion supports the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (FL) in the House (H.R. 4031) and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) in the Senate (S. 2013). The VA Management Accountability Act gives the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the tools he needs to help convey that message back to veterans and help ensure veterans have faith and trust in the systems designed to provide health care and other services to them and to care for their wounds of war. This legislation would also provide tools to the Secretary to better manage Senior Executive Service employees, and hold them accountable when they fail to perform their duties in a manner that best serves the veterans entrusted to their care. When veterans see a Regional Office losing ground and wait times increasing in the fight to reduce the claims backlog, they grow frustrated when leadership continues as if nothing was wrong. When veterans see mismanagement practices in their healthcare system that put patient health at risk, veterans want to see leadership change to show a commitment from the top down that says their health and safety are the top priority of VA. (Information provided to POPVOX by a POPVOX user. Source: http://www.capwiz.com/legion/issues/alert/?alertid=63201916#.U2vDVvXaoiI.email )


American Legion
1 year ago

Organizations Opposing

Republicans are complaining about the estimated 40 veterans that may have died waiting for health care at the Veterans Administration. What about Republicans blocking Veterans Benefits Bill in 2014 – Wouldn’t expand healthcare and education programs for veterans and build 27 new medical facilities that would’ve helped alleviate patient wait times. This, after their party lied to the public to send them to an unnecessary war and got 4,000 of them killed, and brought thousands more back with chronic illnesses. Tell Republicans to stop cutting funding for the Veterans Administration Budget, already a $2 billion funding shortfall. Tell Republican House Representatives to stop playing games and extend Unemployment Benefits for over 200,000 veterans. Tell Republicans to raise the minimum wage. Tell Republican Governors to expand Medicaid in their states so that over 200,000 low-Income Veterans will get the health care they need. Hold Republicans accountable for the underpaid, understaffed VA. Make them increase funding for the VA NOW. And privatizing the VA is not an option as study after study shows that privatizing public services only hurts the people. Study 2006 : VA Hospitals vs. Private Sector Hospitals http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2006/08/va_hospitals_vs.html

Kick Butt Liberals 11 months ago

Users Supporting

I support The VA Management Accountability Act because it is a national disgrace that we give illegal immigrants better social services and health care than we give those who have put their lives on the line for our security and freedom.

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OH
5
Anonymous586615
OH-5
11 months ago

I support The VA Management Accountability Act because we need to give all wounded Veterans an insurance card and let them seek treatment anywhere, and close the VA and all Public Hospitals.

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AL
1
wsv1975
AL-1
11 months ago

I support The VA Management Accountability Act because.thwe veterans need the help. The childish politics need to stop Senator Boozman. You have voted twice to block veterans help. Time for you to do your job.

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AR
4
Pineknot
AR-4
11 months ago

I support The VA Management Accountability Act because, our vets have given their all to keep America safe! When you have a president going around Congress like Obama, I'm not sure how even this will help. He gave the Berdahls an inside seat to the transfer of the GITMO detainees and is taking liberties no other man has when president. We have a deserter and Obama protects him, and releases dangerous criminals on the world! Please remove Obama from office before it's too late!

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NC
11
Sassyncmrs
NC-11
11 months ago

I support The VA Management Accountability Act because... we owe our Veterans what we said we would do for them. They honored their promise we must honor ours.

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FL
27
jwinterick2
FL-27
11 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because its ridiculous and a farce. You have to write a bill to have an employee removed from their position? Insane! Our Veterans deserve the full benefits that were promised to them. More money isn't going to fix the problem. The problem is with the bureaucrats putting their bonuses in front of human life. How sad is that and it's criminal. Why are bureaucrats and employees receiving bonuses when the rest of the nations salaries are stagnant and no raises since 2008? It's time to turn Washington upside down and shake out the stench. We'll see you at the polls.

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NY
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MissEllenHayes
NY-18
11 months ago

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because...This will only further the political dysfunction of the VA, and eventually lead to privatization of the VA. Privatization will only draw more money away from the VA and into the pockets of a greedy few.

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AZ
2
Anonymous1920051
AZ-2
11 months ago

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because...the best thing the government could do to improve healthcare is get out of it. Perhaps we could get to the root cause of why troops are being injured for non defensive deployments? Nah, that might be logical.

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NV
2
JLFM
NV-2
11 months ago

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because...I agree with MadCat537...stop scapegoating tactics...let all of the GOP go...resignation time for all!

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OK
1
Anonymous1786126
OK-1
11 months ago

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because...what is happening to sick Veterans is horrible & shouldn’t happen. But if we must remove Senior Executive Service employees, then also remove every GOP House member because every one of them voted not to increase $ for our veterans. You can include some Democrats in that too. A GOP created this bill, so did he vote not to fund our vets? If so, where’s his resignation? Hypocrites! The GOP created the situation that caused harm to our citizens & now refuse to take responsibility for the damages.

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WI
2
MadCat537
WI-2
11 months ago

I oppose The VA Management Accountability Act because... The right answer is impeachment. Then allow lawsuits against those resposible.

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GA
11
czwkjohn
GA-11
1 year ago

Bill Summary

<br /> 5/21/2014--Passed House without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 - Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) remove any individual from the Senior Executive Service upon determining that such individual's performance warrants such removal, and (2) remove such individual from federal service or transfer the individual to a General Schedule position at any grade the Secretary deems appropriate. Requires: (1) the Secretary to notify the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees within 30 days after removing such an individual, and (2) such removal to be done in the same manner as the removal of a professional staff member employed by a Member of Congress.<br /> <br />

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