Legislation bans all SES performance awards at VA
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 02, 2014
The House on April 30 approved a measure to ban the payment of performance awards to all members of the Senior Executive Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The legislation, introduced by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) and approved on a voice vote, was offered as an amendment to the fiscal 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 4486), which the House later in the evening passed 416-1.
VA—already mired in criticism over a persistent disability claims processing backlog—in recent days has come under even more fire amid reports of alleged misconduct by VA executives at a medical facility in Phoenix, Ariz.
The new measure, however, essentially would punish all VA executives by forbidding performance awards to all of the department's SES members.
The legislation drew the swift condemnation of the Senior Executives Association.
"The action by the House today was unnecessary and does nothing to address the critical issues of claims backlog and access to patient care," SEA said in a statement. "A blanket ban on performance awards only serves to punish those senior executives who are high performing and those who may not have a direct line of responsibility for the issues being raised in Congress."