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H.R. 5864: VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5864 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5864 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish qualification standards and performance metrics for VHA human resources (HR) positions and provide a one-time report to Congress containing such standards and metrics. It would also require a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the implementation and quality of such standards and metrics.

Currently, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) utilizes two personnel systems (titles 5 and 38 in the United States Code, or U.S.C.) to hire employees. The personnel system found in title 5 U.S.C. is used to competitively hire some employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and across the Federal government. The personnel system found in title 38 U.S.C. is used by VA to directly hire clinicians and certain other staff which makes up a large percentage of the VHA workforce. Given the complexity in hiring using two personnel systems and the hiring challenges that VA has experienced in recent years, the Committee has become increasingly concerned that VHA Human Resource (HR) professionals do not have the necessary qualifications to adequately fulfill their obligations. This concern has been compounded by several Committee investigations which found VHA HR professionals with substandard educational and professional backgrounds - including one HR Director at a VA medical center who lacked both a college degree and relevant work experience.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 97%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 3%

Passed. 2/3 Required. Jul 25, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. ET. Source:

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