H.R. 1804: Veterans Accountability Act of 2013

Introduced:
Apr 26, 2013
Status:
Reported by Committee
Prognosis
20% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Tim Huelskamp
Representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Sep 25, 2013
Length
12 pages
 
Status

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on August 1, 2013.

Progress
Introduced Apr 26, 2013
Referred to Committee Apr 26, 2013
Reported by Committee Aug 01, 2013
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

20% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress semiannual reports on the cost of foreign travel made by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Cosponsors
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Committees

House Veterans' Affairs

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Library of Congress Summary

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9/25/2013--Reported to House amended.
Veterans Accountability Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report semiannually to the congressional veterans committees on covered travel made by VA employees while on official business.
Defines covered travel as travel:
(1) outside the United States or its territories, possessions, or territorial waters, if paid for by the VA or another element of the government; or
(2) to any location, if paid for by any person or entity other than the government.
Requires each report to include the name of each employee and the destination, purpose, duration, total cost, and identity of a payor other than the government.
Directs the Secretary to report each case of reportable infectious disease or condition (a disease or condition that a state requires to be reported) that occurs at a VA medical facility to the appropriate state entity and to report to the accrediting organization of such facility each case classified as a health-care-associated infection sentinel event.
Requires the Secretary, upon a failure to report, to pay to a state the same penalty that a non-federal facility of such state would pay for a failure to report.
Allows a state to file a civil action against the VA for the recovery of such amount.
Requires the VA Inspector General to investigate and suspend and impose other appropriate administrative disciplinary action against a director of a Veterans Integrated Service Network who has failed to comply with such requirement.
Directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations to ensure that any visual recording made by the Secretary of a patient during the course of furnishing care through the VA is carried out only with the full and informed consent of that patient.
Allows the Secretary to waive such requirement if the recording is made:
(1) upon a determination by a physician or psychologist that the recording is medically necessary or necessary for the patient's safety,
(2) pursuant to a warrant or order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or
(3) in a public setting where a person would not have a reasonable expectation to privacy (such as a waiting room or hallway) and the recording is for general security purposes not particularized to the patient.

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