S. Rept. 114-226: Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act of 2015, Report of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, to Accompany S. 742 to Appropriately Limit the Authority to Award Bonuses to Employees, March 14, 2016 [open pdf - 271KB]
"The purpose of S. 742, the Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act of 2015, is to ensure agencies are not giving bonuses to employees that engage in serious misconduct. Specifically, this bill would prevent a Federal agency from awarding bonuses to an employee for five years after an adverse finding is made relating to that employee and require repayment of any bonus awarded in the year in which an adverse finding is made. An adverse finding is a finding that the employee violated a policy for which the employee could be terminated or suspended for at least fourteen days or violated a law for which the employee could be imprisoned for more than one year. An adverse finding may be based on information known by the employee's supervisor or human resources department, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) or inspector general (IG) report, or any other source of information made available to the employee's chain of command. If a bonus had previously been awarded in the same year as an adverse finding is made, agency managers must attempt to recover that bonus, subject to a notice and opportunity for a hearing. The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) can hear appeals about whether misconduct fits the definition of 'adverse finding.'"
S. Rept. 114-226; Senate Report 114-226
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