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S. 2431: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 22, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2431

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 22, 2021

(for herself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to require the employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive training developed by the Inspector General of the Department on reporting wrongdoing to, responding to requests from, and cooperating with the Office of Inspector General, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2021.

2.

Department of Veterans Affairs employee training regarding Office of Inspector General

(a)

Training

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall require each employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive training that the Inspector General of the Department shall develop on the reporting of wrongdoing to, responding to requests from, and cooperating with the Office of Inspector General.

(b)

Employees

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall require—

(1)

each employee of the Department who was employed by the Department on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act undergo the training required by subsection (a) not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2)

each employee of the Department who begins employment with the Department on or after the date of the enactment of this Act undergo the training required by subsection (a) not later than one year after the date on which the employment begins.

(c)

Elements

Training developed and required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

Definition of the role, responsibilities, and legal authority of the Inspector General of the Department and the duties of employees of the Department for engaging with the Office of the Inspector General.

(2)

Identification of the circumstances and mechanisms for reporting fraud, waste, abuse, and other wrongdoing to the Inspector General, including making confidential complaints to the Inspector General.

(3)

Identification of the prohibitions and remedies that help to protect Department employees from retaliation when reporting wrongdoing to the Inspector General.

(4)

Recognition of opportunities to engage with staff of the Office of the Inspector General to improve Department programs, operations, and services.

(d)

Design and update

The Inspector General of the Department shall design, and update as the Inspector General considers appropriate, the training developed and required by subsection (a).

(e)

System

The Secretary shall provide, via the talent management system of the Department, or successor system, the training developed and required under subsection (a).

(f)

Relation to certain training

The Secretary shall ensure that training developed and required under subsection (a) is separate and distinct from training provided under section 733 of title 38, United States Code.

(g)

Notice to employees

The Secretary shall ensure that the Inspector General is afforded the opportunity, not less frequently than twice each year and as frequently as the Inspector General considers appropriate under extraordinary circumstances, to use the electronic mail system of the Department to notify all authorized users of such system of the following:

(1)

The roles and responsibilities of the employees of the Department when engaging with the Office of the Inspector General.

(2)

The availability of training provided under subsection (a).

(3)

How to access training provided under subsection (a).

(4)

Information about how to contact the Office of the Inspector General, including a link to any website-based reporting form of the Office.