Bill that aims to correct VA pay cap passes Senate
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jan 22, 2020
The Senate recently passed a measure that will create a fix to a law that erroneously capped the pay for Senior Executive Service workers at the Veterans Health Administration.
The “Competitive Pay for Leaders in Veterans Health Care Act” (S. 3084) excludes SES-Equivalent positions from a Level V pay cap, putting their salary in line with the intent of a 2010 law that allowed these “employees to be paid competitively,” a news release on the bill states, adding, “Without this change, VA would need to collect the higher payment amount back from current and past employees and would face significant challenges hiring qualified healthcare leaders.”
U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)—members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee— introduced the legislating late last year.
“This bipartisan legislation will ensure that VA is able to recruit and retain individuals who help the Veterans Health Administration provide high-quality care and services to our nation’s veterans,” Tester said about the bill.
It will now go the House.