Taxpayers may not have to foot the bill for bad-apple federal employees’ indefinite administrative leave vacations much longer.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Tuesday limiting the number of days federal employees on administrative leave for misconduct or bad performance can receive a paycheck to 14. The bill’s author, Utah Republican and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. [crscore]Jason Chaffetz[/crscore], wants the Administrative Leave Reform Act to eliminate taxpayer-funded rewards for bad behavior.
A 2014 Government Accountability Office report found agencies paid $3.1 billion to employees who didn’t work while on administrative leave from 2011 to 2013.
“Every year, hundreds, if not thousands, of federal employees are under investigation for significant misconduct, and remain on administrative leave for far longer than is necessary to complete an investigation,” Chaffetz said Tuesday on the House floor,” adding that “the American people deserve better.”
The House also passed the Official Personnel File Enhancement Act, which requires any employee who resigns under investigation to receive a permanent note describing the circumstances of his resignation on his official personnel records.
Both bills now head to the Senate for approval.
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