- Amendment No. 1 - Manager's Amendment Extends the timeline to implement the fellowship program from 90 days to one year and extends the GAO reporting deadline from one to two years. Additionally, it removes the requirement to track a number of hiring effectiveness metrics, changes the establishment of a recruiting database from a “shall” to “may” authority, and stipulates that HR training be accomplished virtually.
Amendment No. 2 - Makes clear that the Inspector General of the VA must report, pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 7412, on at least five clinical and five nonclinical VA occupations that have the largest staffing shortages, which then triggers special hiring authorities for the Secretary to address such shortages.
- Amendment No. 3 - Allows the Secretary to select eligible employees for the Executive Management Fellowship Program who represent or service rural areas, to whatever extent practicable.
- Amendment No. 4 - Strikes section 6, “Reemployment of Former Employees,” which would allow for the Secretary to appoint former employees at one grade higher than when they last separated, without having to go through the usual competitive application process
- Amendment No. 5 - Prevents former political appointees at the VA from receiving non-political, competitively selected positions at the VA without having to go through the proper selection process.
- Amendment No. 6 - Requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to list open mental health positions in the database established under the bill.
- Amendment No. 7 - Clarifies that “medical facility” referenced in Sec. 10 includes each medical center, domiciliary facility, outpatient clinic, community-based outpatient clinic, and vet center.
- Amendment No. 8 - Adds an analysis of succession planning and hiring in rural areas, and requires a study on the ability to hire and recruit veterans in rural areas.
- Amendment No. 9 - Adds veterans who are recent graduates and/or recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill Educational Assistance as a distinct category of individuals who are allowed for excepted service appointments.
- Amendment No. 10 - Strengthens anonymity protections for employees filling out exit surveys, and requires exit survey data to be compiled at the VISN level to identify and acknowledge regional differences.
- Amendment No. 11 - Requires the total number of employees that voluntarily separated and the percentage of those employees that took the voluntary exit survey.
- Amendment No. 12 - Encourages the transition of military medical professionals into employment with the Veterans health Administration upon discharge or separation from the Armed Services.
- Amendment No. 13 - Directs VA to develop and implement a plan to hire a director for each VA medical center without a permanent director.
- Amendment No. 14 - Allows the VA to offer physicians conditional job offers two years prior to the completion of their residency program. Requires VA recruiters or similar official to visit each teaching institution with a residency program at least once annually.