The House has passed HR-2772, to require that the VA secretary personally approve any reassignment of senior execs and that the department report twice yearly to Congress on those reassignments and their cost.

The measure arises out of an IG report and a resulting congressional investigation concluding that several SES members at the department had arranged reassignments for what the House report on the bill called “personal gain.” Afterward, the VA suspended a program used to help sell the homes of executives who transfer but later reinstated that program, it said.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee said it believes there needs to be “a mechanism put in place to provide transparency of the cost to taxpayers of any reassignment of a SES employee. Additionally, the committee is concerned about the perceived practice that VA moves senior officials to another location within the department instead of providing true accountability for the misconduct or poor performance for members of the SES.”