S.1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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S.1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Brief

“S. 1094 would modify administrative and personnel procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and reorganize the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.” – cbo

Under the bill there is established in the Department an office to be known as the ‘Office of S. 1094 would modify administrative and personnel procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and reorganize the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.” – cbo (the ‘Office’). The head of the Office shall be responsible for the functions of the Office and shall be appointed by the President.

The Assistant Secretary shall report directly to the Secretary on all matters relating to the Office to include Advising the Secretary on all matters of the Department relating to accountability, including accountability of employees of the Department, retaliation against whistleblowers, and such matters as the Secretary considers similar and affect public trust in the Department to include Issuing reports and providing recommendations and receiving whistleblower disclosures.

Other responsibilities include –

Referring whistleblower disclosures received for investigation to the Office of the Medical Inspector, the Office of Inspector General, or other investigative entity, as appropriate, if the Assistant Secretary has reason to believe the whistleblower disclosure is evidence of a violation of a provision of law, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Receiving and referring disclosures from the Special Counsel for investigation to the Medical Inspector of the Department, the Inspector General of the Department, or such other person with investigatory authority, as the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate.

Recording, tracking, reviewing, and confirming implementation of recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by the Inspector General of the Department, the Medical Inspector of the Department, the Special Counsel, and the Comptroller General of the United States, including the imposition of disciplinary actions and other corrective actions contained in such recommendations.

Analyzing data from the Office and the Office of Inspector General telephone hotlines, other whistleblower disclosures, disaggregated by facility and area of health care if appropriate, and relevant audits and investigations to identify trends and issue reports to the Secretary based on analysis conducted under this subparagraph.

Receiving, reviewing, and investigating allegations of misconduct, retaliation, or poor performance.

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall measure and collect information on the outcomes of disciplinary actions carried out by the Department of Veterans Affairs during the three-year period ending on the date of the enactment of this Act and the effectiveness of such actions.

The bill also increases the authority of firing or suspending employees for misconduct, retaliation or poor performance..

 (Full text of S. 1094 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/11/2017)

Status: Passed Senate / Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 368 – 55 (Roll no. 307)

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage: Passed Senate by voice vote

Procedural Actions:

Senate Amendments:

COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that implementing S. 1094 would increase costs by $3 million over the 2018-2022 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting the bill would affect direct spending over the 2017-2027 period; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply

Regulatory and Other Impact: S. 1094 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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