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Bill aims to ban some feds from receiving bonuses

Three senators have reintroduced legislation that would prevent federal employees who have committed egregious wrongdoing from receiving bonuses.

The bill, Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act, prohibits bonus pay to those who have committed major infractions under an agency’s code of conduct, and would also require employees who engage in such misconduct to repay bonuses they have already received.

“Currently, certain federal employees who have violated the law or agency rules are eligible for bonuses, which includes IRS employees with conduct violations,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), said, adding, “This is unacceptable, and it's time to end the status quo. Our bipartisan legislation will work to protect taxpayer dollars, demand accountability from the federal government, and send a message that government employees are not above the law.”

Heller co-sponsored the bill with Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

Sen. McCaskill, former Missouri state auditor, said, “This should be a cut-and-dried issue. If you’ve taken actions that could get you suspended, fired, or even thrown into jail, you shouldn’t get a bonus. This bill would help to protect taxpayer dollars from being used to pad the pockets of irresponsible government employees.”

The full statement on the bill is available at https://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=0492EFBD-4E6E-4B1D-912E-BB020ED9068A.

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