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Sen. Ayotte seeks bonus block for federal employee disciplinary problems


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to prohibit paying bonuses to federal employees with conduct problems that include nonpayment of federal taxes.

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“Federal employees who have disciplinary problems or who haven’t paid their taxes shouldn’t be getting bonuses,” Ayotte, a Republican, said in a statement. “This bipartisan legislation takes common sense steps to prevent workers with serious conduct infractions from receiving bonus pay.”
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Ayotte is sponsoring the bill with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. The bill comes after revelations that $2.8 million was paid in bonuses from 2010 to 2012 to 2,800 employees with conduct violations.
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About $1 million was paid to 1,100 Internal Revenue Service employees who were delinquent on their taxes, Ayotte’s office said in a release.

The bill would prohibit the head of an agency from awarding a bonus to an employee if the agency Inspector General, a senior ethics official of the agency, or the Government Accountability Office makes a determination that the employee’s conduct either violated agency policy for which the employee may be fired or suspended, or violated a law for which the employee may be imprisoned for more than one year. The bill would maintain the prohibition for 5 years.
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The bill also includes a provision that the employee — after notice and an opportunity for a hearing — repay any bonus made during the year in which such a determination is made.
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