Public Law 115-188 – Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Executive Accountability Act of 2018” or the “SEA Act of 2018

[115th Congress Public Law 188]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

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Public Law 115-188
115th Congress

An Act

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for requirements
relating to the reassignment of Department of Veterans Affairs senior
executive employees. <<NOTE: June 21, 2018 – [H.R. 2772]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Department of
Veterans Affairs Senior Executive Accountability Act of 2018. 38 USC 101
note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Department of Veterans Affairs Senior
Executive Accountability Act of 2018” or the “SEA Act of 2018”.
SEC. 2. SEMIANNUAL REPORTS ON REASSIGNMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF
VETERANS AFFAIRS SENIOR EXECUTIVE EMPLOYEES.

(a) In General.–Subchapter I of chapter 7 of title 38, United
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
“Sec. <<NOTE: 38 USC 727.>> 727. Reassignment of senior
executives

“(a) Approval of Reassignments.–No individual employed in a senior
executive position at the Department may be reassigned to another such
position at the Department unless such reassignment is approved in
writing and signed by the Secretary.
“(b) Semiannual Reports Required.–(1) Not later than June 30 and
December 31 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a
report on the reassignment of individuals employed in senior executive
positions at the Department to other such positions at the Department
during the period covered by the report.
“(2) Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall describe the
purpose of each reassignment and the costs associated with such
reassignment.
“(3) For purposes of paragraph (2), costs associated with a
reassignment may only include the following:
“(A) A salary increase.
“(B) Temporary travel expenses for the individual or the
family of the individual.
“(C) Moving expenses.
“(D) A paid incentive.

“(c) Senior Executive Position Defined.–In this section, the term
`senior executive position’ has the meaning given such term in section
713(d) of this title.”.

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(b) Clerical Amendment.–The table of sections at the beginning of
such chapter is <<NOTE: 38 USC 701 prec.>> amended by inserting after
the item relating to section 725 the following new item:

“727. Reassignment of senior executives.”.

Approved June 21, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 2772:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-248 (Comm. on Veterans’ Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
Vol. 163 (2017):
July 28, considered and passed
House.
Vol. 164 (2018):
May 16, considered and passed
Senate, amended.
June 7, House concurred in Senate
amendment.

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