HOUSE PASSES BILL MAKING IT EASIER TO FIRE VA EMPLOYEES BUT NOT EXPECTED TO PASS THE SENATE - September 16, 2016
House Votes to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
The House on Wednesday passed major legislation that would reform the disciplinary process for personnel at the Veterans Affairs Department by making it easier to fire and demote employees.
H.R. 5620, which passed on a 310-116 vote, reduces the amount of time allotted to notify and discipline VA employees the agency intends to demote or fire. The measure also would give the secretary clear authority to rescind bonuses, retirement benefits and relocation expenses from employees under certain circumstances, and would prohibit all VA senior executives from receiving awards or bonuses from fiscal 2017 through 2021.
Prior to the vote, FMA National President Renee Johnson sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives urging opposition to the bill. To read the letter, please click here.