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PRINTER'S NO. 3278
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
474
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY WATRO, CABELL, STAATS, JAMES, HAMM, GILLEN,
PICKETT, TWARDZIK, FLICK, JOZWIAK AND OLSOMMER, JUNE 10, 2024
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, JUNE 10, 2024
A RESOLUTION
Beseeching the President and Congress of the United States and
the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take
corrective action on Critical Skill Incentive Payments at the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
WHEREAS, In September 2023, the United States Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) erroneously awarded millions of dollars in
Critical Skill Incentive (CSI) payments to senior executives at
its central office; and
WHEREAS, CSIs serve as a recruitment and retention tool
authorized by the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT)
Act, designed to support employees possessing high-demand skills
or skills in shortage areas; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a
review and found that the award of CSIs lacked adequate
justification and was inconsistent with the PACT Act and VA
policy; and
WHEREAS, OIG discovered that the agency had used nearly $11
million in CSI payments to fund bonuses for more than 180 senior
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executives in the central office; and
WHEREAS, Upon learning of these payments, VA leadership
demanded that the executives reimburse the department, however,
the money is still being recouped; and
WHEREAS, This situation has prompted increased scrutiny and
calls for further corrective action, emphasizing transparency
and accountability to prevent similar issues from arising in the
future; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives beseech the
President and Congress of the United States and the United
States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take swift and decisive
action to address these critical issues to restore confidence in
the integrity of the system, uphold veterans' interests and
ensure responsible stewardship of taxpayer funds; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
the President of the United States, the United States Secretary
of Veterans Affairs, the presiding officers of each house of
Congress and to each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
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