H.R. 5169, Senior Executive Service Accountability Act

H.R. 5169

Senior Executive Service Accountability Act

September 16, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5169, the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act, as amended, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5169 was introduced on July 23, 2014 by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5169 requires each federal agency, in their biennial request to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions, to include a justification for each position and the “specific result expected from each position, including the impact of such result on the agency mission.”  Moreover, this legislation extends the probationary period for SES employees from one year to two years and modifies pay retention for SES members removed for under performance.  H.R. 5169 also requires agencies to provide a written description of employee performance requirements not later than 30 calendar days before each rating period.

This legislation also makes SES employees subject to suspensions for cause for 14 days or less without pay, and expands the grounds for suspension or termination of SES employees.  Finally, this legislation requires SES employees who are terminated to repay any salary received and return any leave accumulated while in nonduty status during any adverse action proceeding leading to their termination.


This legislation is part of a larger package of bipartisan bills aimed at improving Federal government accountability.[1]

[1] http://oversight.house.gov/release/oversight-committee-approves-bipartisan-government-accountability-legislation/


CBO estimates that this legislation would lead to lower discretionary spending, but that the effect would be insignificant.  This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.[2]

[2] http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/hr5169.pdf

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.