The House will pass legislation as early as today that chops bonuses for government workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by at least 14 percent.
Members will call up H.R. 1405, which includes several different provisions dealing with veterans benefits, but also includes the cut in bonuses or salary awards. The VA currently pays out about $400 million in bonuses to its workers each year, but the bill could cap total annual bonus payments at $345 million through fiscal year 2018.
A report on the bill from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee noted the growing frustration in Congress with the VA, in particular the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), under which the backlog of veterans’ disability claims has grown.