Miller Bill Would Give VA Secretary Complete Authority to Recoup Bonuses from Failed Employees
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman Miller introduced legislation yesterday that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary the authority to recoup for cause bonuses paid to VA employees.
In scandal after scandal at one VA facility after another across the country, VA executives who presided over mismanagement and negligence are often more likely to have received a bonus than any sort of punishment. VA paid more than $380,000 in cash bonuses to top executives at 38 hospitals that are under investigation for falsifying wait times for medical care.
The legislation is also intended to eliminate confusion among VA officials who have made contradictory statements about the department’s authority to recoup bonuses. After introducing the legislation, Miller released the following statement:
“Ideally, VA employees and executives who collected bonuses under false pretenses should be subject to prosecution when warranted, but at a minimum their bonuses should be paid back in full. I urge my colleagues to support this bill so the VA secretary will have another tool to instill some much-needed accountability throughout the department.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Read the bill here.