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Text of the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on November 15, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 29, 2011 (Introduced).

This is not the latest text of this bill.

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1221

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 29, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Pearce, and Mrs. Biggert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To suspend the current compensation packages for the senior executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and establish compensation for such positions in accordance with rates of pay for senior employees in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2011.

2.

Congressional findings

The Congress finds that—

(1)

the Federal National Mortgage Association (known as Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (known as Freddie Mac), which are both privately owned but publicly chartered Government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), were at the center of the mortgage market meltdown that caused the financial crisis that commenced in 2008;

(2)

the failures of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac helped precipitate the deepest economic decline since World War II;

(3)

in September 2008, the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve Board, and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) exercised authority granted by the Congress to place the two GSEs in conservatorship, a form of nationalization that puts the regulators firmly in control of the GSEs’ daily operations;

(4)

in September 2008, the Administration established a $200 billion facility to purchase senior preferred stock in the enterprises to backstop their losses;

(5)

in February 2009, the Obama Administration raised the senior preferred stock purchase commitment to $400 billion;

(6)

on Christmas Eve 2009, the Obama Administration removed any limits on the use of Federal funds to cover losses at the enterprises, significantly expanding a commitment that has resulted in the expenditure of so far nearly $150 billion in taxpayer funds to purchase senior preferred stock in the two enterprises;

(7)

as a result of the Government’s actions, the taxpayers of the United States now own nearly 80 percent of the two GSEs;

(8)

the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have effectively become Government entities whose operations should be included in the Federal budget;

(9)

the GSEs are expected to be a long-term drain on the taxpayers as a result of market conditions and the political and public policy mandates imposed on them by the Administration and the Congress;

(10)

in spite of these liabilities, the Treasury Department and FHFA approved compensation packages for the chief executive officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2009 and 2010 that were nearly 15 times greater than the annual compensation of the President of the United States and 30 times greater than the annual compensation of a Cabinet Secretary;

(11)

the Treasury Department and the FHFA also approved multi-million dollar compensation packages for a number of the GSEs’ top executives, payable in cash rather than in the type of stock options that have characterized compensation arrangements at other large financial institutions that have received extraordinary government assistance;

(12)

on September 17, 2008, FHFA determined that no executive officer of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would be entitled to receive a cash bonus or long-term incentive awards for 2008;

(13)

FHFA’s five-year Strategic Plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac includes a commitment that the GSEs will operate in a safe and sound manner; and

(14)

section 1318(c) of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4518(c), as added by section 1113(a)(4) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–289; 122 Stat. 2678)), permits the Director of FHFA to withhold any payment, transfer, or disbursement of compensation to an executive officer, or to place such compensation in an escrow account, during the review of the reasonableness and comparability of compensation.

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Director

The term Director means the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

(2)

Employee

The term employee means an employee of an enterprise, except that such term does not include any employee who would be defined as a prevailing rate employee (as defined in section 5342(2) of title 5, United States Code) if such employee were employed by an agency (as defined in paragraph (1) of such section).

(3)

Enterprise

The term enterprise means—

(A)

the Federal National Mortgage Association and any affiliate thereof; and

(B)

the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and any affiliate thereof.

(4)

Executive officer

The term executive officer has the same meaning as is given such term in section 1303(12) of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4502(12)).

4.

Reasonable pay for executive officers

(a)

Suspension of Current Compensation Packages

The Director shall suspend the compensation packages approved for 2011 for the executive officers of an enterprise and, in lieu of such packages, establish a compensation system for the executive officers of such enterprise in accordance with the rates of pay for positions in the Executive Schedule and the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government.

(b)

Clawback of 2010 Compensation

(1)

Sense of the congress

It is the sense of the Congress that each executive officer performing services for an enterprise on the date of the enactment of this Act whose compensation package is suspended under this subsection should return to the Secretary of the Treasury any compensation earned in 2010 that was in excess of the maximum annual rate of basic pay authorized for a position in level I of the Executive Schedule.

(2)

Use to reduce national debt

The Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer any amounts referred to in paragraph (1) that are returned to the Secretary to the special account established by section 3113(d) of title 31, United States Code (relating to reducing the public debt).

5.

Compensation rate of employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(a)

In general

During any period that an enterprise is federally chartered under the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act (12 U.S.C. 1716 et seq.) or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.), the compensation of the positions held by employees shall be in accordance with this section.

(b)

Conversion of compensation rate for current employees

(1)

In general

Except for as provided in section 4, effective for pay periods beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director shall fix the rate of basic compensation of positions held by employees performing services for an enterprise as of the date of the enactment of this Act in accordance with the General Schedule set forth in section 5332 of title 5, United States Code. In fixing such rate—

(A)

if the employee is receiving a rate of basic compensation that is less than the minimum rate of basic compensation of the appropriate grade of the General Schedule in which his or her position is placed, such employee’s rate of basic compensation shall be increased to such minimum rate;

(B)

if the employee is receiving a rate of basic compensation that is equal to a rate of basic compensation of the appropriate grade of the General Schedule in which his or her position is placed, such employee’s rate of basic compensation shall be equal to that rate of basic compensation of the appropriate grade of the General Schedule;

(C)

if the employee is receiving a rate of basic compensation that is between 2 rates of basic compensation of the appropriate grade of the General Schedule in which his or her position is placed, such employee’s rate of basic compensation shall be at the higher of those 2 rates under the General Schedule; and

(D)

if the employee is receiving a rate of basic compensation that is in excess of the maximum rate of basic compensation of the appropriate grade of the General Schedule in which his or her position is placed, such employee’s rate of basic compensation shall be reduced to such maximum rate.

(2)

Not considered transfers or promotions

The conversion of positions and employees to the appropriate grades of the General Schedule and the initial adjustment of rates of basic compensation of those positions and employees provided for by this subsection, shall not be considered to be transfers or promotions within the meaning of section 5334(b) of title 5, United States Code, and the regulations issued thereunder.

(3)

Credit for increase in compensation before adjustment

Each employee performing services for an enterprise on the date of the enactment of this Act whose position is converted under this subsection to the General Schedule and who prior to the initial adjustment of his or her rate of basic compensation under paragraph (1) has earned, but has not been credited with, an increase in that rate, shall be granted credit for such increase before his or her rate of basic compensation is initially adjusted under such paragraph.

(4)

Service performed since last compensation increase

Each employee performing services for an enterprise on the date of the enactment of this Act whose position is converted under this subsection to the General Schedule shall be granted credit, for purposes of his or her first step increase under the General Schedule, for all satisfactory service performed since his or her last increase in compensation prior to the initial adjustment of his or her rate of basic compensation under paragraph (1).

(5)

Compensation increase under this section

An increase in the rate of basic compensation by reason of the enactment of paragraph (1) shall not be considered to be an equivalent increase with respect to step increases for employees whose positions are converted to the General Schedule under authority of this subsection.

(c)

New employees

Except for as provided in section 4, the grade and rate of basic pay of any individual beginning employment with an enterprise after the date of enactment of this Act shall be fixed in accordance with the General Schedule set forth in section 5332 of title 5, United States Code.