H.R.378 – Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017

Rep. Charles Fleishman (R-TN-3)

Rep. Charles Fleishman (R-TN-3)

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H.R.378 – Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017


HR 378 would amend title 5, United States Code, to enhance the authority under which Federal agencies may pay cash awards to employees for making cost saving disclosures, and for other purposes.

The cost savings would come from identifying unnecessary expenses. The head of an agency may pay a cash award to any employee of such agency whose identification of unnecessary expenses to the Chief Financial Officer of the agency has resulted in cost savings for the agency.

‘unnecessary expenses’ means amounts made available for salaries and expenses accounts, operations and maintenance accounts, or other equivalent accounts “(A) that are identified by an employee of the agency under section 4512(a) as unnecessary; “(B) that the Chief Financial Officer of the agency determines are not required for the purpose for which the amounts were made available; and (C) the rescission of which would not be detrimental to the full execution of the purposes for which the amounts were made available.

The savings would be put in the general fund for deficit reduction unless there is no deficit, then it will be used for public debt reduction. 10% can be set aside to pay the reward to the employee(s) who identified the cost savings disclosures.

An individual may not receive a cash award under this subchapter if the individual is an officer serving in a position at level I of the Executive Schedule; is the head of an agency; is an officer or employee of the Office of the Inspector General of an agency; or is a commissioner, board member, or other voting member of an independent establishment.

(Full text of H.R. 378 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Fleischmann, Charles J. “Chuck” [R-TN-3] (Introduced 01/09/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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