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H.R. 280 (114th): To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2015 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 21

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 280

[Report No. 114–32, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 12, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 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

March 2, 2015

Additional sponsors: Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Coffman, Mr. Cole, Ms. Graham, and Mr. Rothfus

March 2, 2015

Reported from the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

March 2, 2015

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 12, 2015


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


1.

Authority to recoup bonuses or awards paid to employees of Department of Veterans Affairs

(a)

In general

Chapter 7 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

715.

Recoupment of bonuses or awards paid to employees of Department

(a)

Recoupment

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may issue an order directing an employee of the Department to repay the amount, or a portion of the amount, of any award or bonus paid to the employee under title 5, including under chapters 45 or 53 of such title, or this title if—

(1)

the Secretary determines such repayment appropriate pursuant to regulations prescribed under subsection (c); and

(2)

before such repayment, the employee is afforded notice and an opportunity for a hearing conducted by another department or agency of the Federal Government.

(b)

Review

A decision regarding a repayment by an employee pursuant to subsection (a)(2) is final and may not be reviewed by any department or agency or any court.

(c)

Regulations

The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is further amended by adding at the end the following new item:

715. Recoupment of bonuses or awards paid to employees of Department.

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(c)

Effective date

Section 715 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to an award or bonus paid by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

Construction

Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act may be construed to modify the certification issued by the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget regarding the performance appraisal system of the Senior Executive Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

March 2, 2015

Reported from the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with an amendment

March 2, 2015

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed