CBO: Bill to rein in VA would save $145M

CBO: Bill to rein in VA would save $145M
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A bill that would limit the amount of awards and bonuses paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs would save $145 million over the next five years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

CBO made the estimation assuming appropriators in Congress reduce spending levels.

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The bill would modify several of the VA’s personnel policies and would initiate a comprehensive process for handling complaints from whistleblowers.

Specifically, the bill would authorize the VA to remove or demote a department employee based on performance or misconduct.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, authored the measure.

Miller unveiled the bill in April after he felt the Obama administration didn’t do enough to punish people who were involved in the VA’s wait list scandal last year.

The House is slated to vote on the measure next week.