House Poised to Pass Bill Slicing VA Bonuses by 14 Percent

Monday, 28 Oct 2013 03:39 PM

By Dan Weil

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The House is set to approve a bill that would cut bonuses for Veterans Affairs Department  officials by at least 14 percent, The Hill reports.

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee wrote a report about the bill, citing displeasure with the VA in general, especially the Veterans Benefits Administration, which has been slow to process veterans' disability claims.

"Concerns have been raised regarding VA's provision of merit-based bonuses to managers and supervisors who have led troubled offices, including Veterans Health Administration medical centers with demonstrated incidences of gross negligence in care, and VBA positions where a growing inventory of claims and poor workload management practices abound," the report said, according to The Hill.

The report also noted that the VA's inspector general determined that bonuses are being lavished on workers with "less than satisfactory performance, and retention incentives being awarded to employees who had stated their intention to retire in the very near future."

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., could limit the VA's annual bonus pool to $345 million through fiscal 2018, down from $400 million currently, The Hill reports.

The legislation also would require that whenever the VA sends out a notice rejecting a benefit for a veteran, an appeal form must be supplied too.

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