Bill barring bad feds from receiving bonuses advances

A Senate committee on May 17 advanced a bill recently reintroduced that would prevent federal employees who have committed egregious wrongdoing from receiving bonuses.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act (S. 696) along with 17 other bills.

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

It bill would prohibit agency leaders from awarding bonuses to employees who have committed a felony or violated a policy for which they could be removed or suspended no less than 14 days.  It would also require employees who engage in such misconduct to repay bonuses they have already received.

An amendment by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) that would allow the use of installment plans for repayment was accepted by the committee.  

The bill will now go to the full Senate.

Reader comments

Thu, May 25, 2017

Radical idea, no bonuses to any managers. If they do not like the idea please leave and go to the private sector and see how well they do there. Also look into the federal managers bonuses and surprise see how many get a bonus year after year while rank and file employees earn an insult if they even get a bonus. Time this changes but this is reality world it will never happen.

Tue, May 23, 2017

The ban should go one step further, ban bonuses to inept management who think they are above the law and rake over the rank and file productive employees

Fri, May 19, 2017

How about a bill where this applies to corporate CEOs?

Fri, May 19, 2017 Holt Williamson

The only employees within my agency USFWS (Interior), that I am aware of, were SES folks, many of whom were "political" placements. I am not sure why. I suppose a case could be made that it attracted high performing individuals. There might have been a few.

Fri, May 19, 2017

really? we need a bill for this? who approved the bonuses? many people have to review and approve bonuses and these weren't denied? Using this logic- If you keep your nose clean, you should just get a 10% bonus each year.

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