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In Bipartisan Vote, House Passes VA Accountability, Appeals Reform

Today the House passed H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, by a bipartisan vote of 310-116.  The bill would:

Shorten the firing/demotion/appeals process for rank-and-file VA employees from more than a year on average to no more than 77 days

Remove entirely the Merit Systems Protection Board from the firing/demotion/appeals process for VA senior executives

Provide VA whistleblowers with a means to solve problems at the lowest level possible, while offering them protection from reprisals and mandating strict accountability for those who reprise against them

Give the VA secretary the authority to recoup bonuses and relocation expenses from misbehaving employees

Give the VA secretary the authority to reduce the pensions of senior executives convicted of felonies that influenced their job performance

Reform the department’s broken disability benefits appeals process

See Press Release here:  http://veterans.house.gov/news/press-releases/bipartisan-vote-house-passes-va-accountability-appeals-reform